June 10, 2019

Trump Administration Cancels Meetings That Pro-Student Groups Sought on DeVos Rules

The Trump White House today notified student advocacy organizations that it was cancelling or refusing to schedule meetings to discuss the Department of Education’s new rules that relax accountability for colleges and college accreditors. The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs sent emails to the Center for American Progress, the
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June 9, 2019

In NY Times, DeVos Aide Claims She Blew Whistle on Her For-Profit College

A New York Times article published this evening includes a tantalizing claim from Diane Auer Jones, Betsy DeVos’s top higher education aide: that she blew the whistle on for-profit Career Education Corp. (CECO), where she worked from 2010 to 2015 as senior vice president. The Times piece reports, referencing Jones, “She was the one who reported
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June 5, 2019

DeVos Effort To Save College Accreditor ACICS Is On Shaky Ground

When Diane Auer Jones, Betsy DeVos’s top higher education aide, testified last month before a House Oversight subcommittee, among the deceptive statements she made was her suggestion that a federal court decision compelled the Department of Education to reinstate the controversial for-profit college accreditor ACICS as a validator of schools’ eligibility for federal student grants
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May 22, 2019

What I’m Telling Congress Today About Betsy DeVos

I’m testifying today before the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy about the for-profit college industry and how it has been addressed by the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos. Other witnesses at the hearing will include Acting Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones, who is DeVos’s top higher education aide. You
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April 22, 2019

Swampy Ex-Trump Officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke: They’re Back!

Former top Trump environmental officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, both forced out of their jobs last year under the weight of, for each, an absurdly large number of ethics scandals, have now resurfaced, with each accepting influence-peddling jobs in industries they previously regulated. The two also appeared jointly at a recent Texas Republican event
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April 16, 2019

Ryan Zinke Turns Trump Tenure Into Goldmine, Literally

As the Department of the Interior’s inspector general did the right thing and began a conflict-of-interest investigation of newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the previous Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, continued his own egregious course of doing the wrong thing. As the AP reported Tuesday, Zinke has accepted a job with Nevada-based U.S. Gold
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April 11, 2019

DeVos Takes A Page From Trump: Blame Obama

Faced with a roomful of Democrats, now in control of the House of Representatives, who questioned her hard about the Department of Education’s failures to follow the law, help students, or prevent ugly collapses of bad-acting for-profit college chains, Secretary Betsy DeVos took a page from her boss, Donald Trump: She repeatedly blamed Barack Obama’s
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April 8, 2019

On For-Profit College Shutdowns, Lobbyist Gunderson Has No Shame

Regarding the recent epidemic of for-profit college closures, Steve Gunderson, the chief lobbyist for that industry, has taken his shamelessness to new heights — brazenly suggesting that the shuttered schools have no connection to his lobby group, CECU, when he knows full well that they used to be members, and mischaracterizing industry critics’ views on
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