February 11, 2021

Video Panel: NY Times, Washington Post Journalists Discuss Reporting On Higher Education

Yesterday, I was lucky to moderate a panel, hosted by the University of San Diego, on the subject “How Advocates Can Work with the Media to Effect Change and Protect Postsecondary Students.”   The panel included two journalists, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post and Erica Green of the New York Times, plus two communications officials,
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February 10, 2021

The Two Faces of Charles Koch

Over the last few months, billionaire Charles Koch has done his best mea culpa publicity tour for his new book, perhaps hoping some “Boy, did we screw up,” sound bytes would cause folks to forget his legacy of funding and supporting climate misinformation, lax environmental regulation, tea party and ultra right wing politicians, the Citizens
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February 10, 2021

Should An Accreditor Send Its Schools Lobbying Alerts From a Trade Association?

The coronavirus relief bill under consideration by the House of Representatives includes a provision to correct a strange piece of law that has long motivated predatory for-profit colleges to target their deceptive and coercive recruiting at America’s veterans and military service members. The new bill would alter the federal 90-10 rule, which requires for-profit colleges
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February 9, 2021

Biden Justice Dept. Hires For-Profit College Lawyer, And He’s Defending Betsy DeVos

The Biden Justice Department has hired for a key role — chief deputy and acting head of the Civil Division — Brian Boynton, a D.C. power lawyer whose corporate clients have included predatory for-profit colleges seeking to undermine federal rules aimed at protecting students. To compound this wrong, one of Boynton’s first moves was a
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January 27, 2021

GAO: IRS, Education Dept. Failed to See Abuses in For-Profit College Conversions

The Government Accountability Office has just released an extensive report concluding that both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Education have failed to address the dangers that conversions of for-profit colleges into non-profit colleges can result in improper financial benefits for the previous owners of those schools. Republic Report revealed in November
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January 25, 2021

Website Decries For-Profit Colleges And Also Markets Them

Candidate Joe Biden pledged to hold for-profit colleges accountable for ripping off taxpayers and ruining students’ lives, and Kamala Harris, in her Democratic convention speech, touted her work as California’s attorney general to fight for-profit college abuses. After four years of Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos protecting this bad-behaving industry, there’s much that the new
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January 19, 2021

Goodbye Diane Jones, The Worst Trump Official You Probably Never Heard Of

Apparently, someone at the U.S. Department of Education, with access to sensitive information, is pleased to see Diane Auer Jones, the top higher education official at the department, leave as the Trump administration ends. Politico‘s Michael Stratford reports today on a preliminary finding of the department’s inspector general office that Jones exceeded her authority in
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January 19, 2021

We Elected Donald Trump, But Then We Defeated Him. Thank You All.

Dear Friends, We made it. You did it. Four years ago, our country elected a racist con man, entirely unfit for office, to be president of the United States. And he stayed in the post a full four years, despite numerous crimes and abuses and an unprecedented two impeachments by the House of Representatives. As
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