November 13, 2019

GAO Probing For-Profit College Conversions As DeVos Retreats on Approvals

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog agency that works for Congress, is investigating Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service oversight of for-profit college conversions to non-profit status. The GAO study was requested last year by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), now the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee; Sen. Patty Murray
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November 8, 2019

DeVos Cancels Loans for Students Her Department Helped Deceive

Under pressure from a federal lawsuit and congressional questioning, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this morning she is cancelling some student loans and restoring eligibility for federal Pell grants for about 1500 students who in 2018 attended the Art Institute of Colorado and the Illinois Institute of Art. As Republic Report was the first
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November 1, 2019

Students’ Lawyer: DeVos Dept. Double-Crossed Me To Aid Scam Colleges

Robyn Smith, a lawyer associated with the National Consumer Law Center and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to represent students in negotiations earlier this year on a basket of new Department regulations affecting college accreditation, online education, and other matters.  The Department heavily stacked the
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October 24, 2019

House Chairman Threatens to Subpoena DeVos Over Dream Center Debacle

House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) is threatening to subpoena Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing her Department’s failure to provide documents responsive to the Committee’s probe of the collapse of Dream Center Education Holdings. DCEH was a non-profit entity that acquired and, for about a year until it shut down,
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October 17, 2019

Bill in Congress Would End Taxpayer Aid to For-Profit Colleges. Good.

Today Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill that would bar the Department of Education from sending federal student grants and loans to for-profit colleges. I support this legislation, at the very least for its value as a wake up call to a bad-behaving industry and its paid cheerleaders in
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October 10, 2019

She’s Not Going To Jail, But DeVos Needs To Act On Predatory College Collapses

While a federal judge pondered throwing the book at Betsy DeVos for abusing ex-students of a shuttered predatory for-profit college chain, DeVos’s Department of Education seemed to finally take a small step to protect students and taxpayers from the possible collapse of another of these institutions. Monday morning in federal court in San Francisco, U.S.
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October 1, 2019

Koch Puppet to Trump Henchman: Mike Pompeo’s Never Gonna Be President Now

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is stonewalling, using contrived excuses to delay House investigators from questioning State Department officials who have information relevant to the Trump impeachment inquiry. He’s also been concealing his own involvement: It emerged last night that Pompeo actually listened live to the fated call between Donald Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr
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September 6, 2019

Trump-DeVos-Jones Rollbacks Allow Scam Artists to Rip Off Students & Taxpayers

One more thought on this week’s Capitol Forum report on abuses at Career Education Corp. under CEO Todd Nelson, last week’s FTC action against CEC, and treatment of for-profit colleges under Donald Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Diane Auer Jones, the former CEC senior executive who is now DeVos’s top higher education aide,
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