June 8, 2022

The 17 Questions The Education Dept. Asked A University President Before He Resigned

On May 19, Michael Frola, a career official of the U.S. Department of Education, sent a letter to the president of the University of Phoenix, which, with a total enrollment of some 90,000 students, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the United States. In the letter, first reported on last Friday and
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June 1, 2022

With Debt Relief for Corinthian Students Finally Here, Time to Stop Funding Predatory Colleges

The Hill has reported this afternoon that the Biden Administration, at an event tomorrow featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, will announce widespread debt relief for former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges, which collapsed in 2015 following revelations of blatant deceptive practices. [UPDATE 06-01-22 6:45 pm: The U.S. Department of Education just released a statement announcing
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May 2, 2022

Florida Colleges Are Nation’s Worst on Nursing Exam Pass Rate

While Florida governor Ron DeSantis promotes himself as a champion of education and economic opportunity, his state is lagging far behind every other state on a key measure of educational quality, social mobility, and public health standards: whether people who complete nursing school can then pass the NCLEX nurse licensing exam. In the first quarter
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April 26, 2022

Debt Relief for Defrauded Students Is Long Overdue – And So Is Accountability for Kaplan

Lawyers representing former students of Kaplan Career Institute in Massachusetts have sued the U.S. Department of Education, alleging an unlawful and unconscionable failure of the Department to cancel the students’ federal loans — seven years after the Massachusetts attorney general settled with the school over charges that it deceived and defrauded students. The year after
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April 25, 2022

Biden Administration Must Act to Protect Americans From Chemical Disasters

Last week, a group of national security and environmental experts — including former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, former OSHA head David Michaels, and retired Army generals Russel Honoré and Randy Manner — wrote to Biden EPA director Michael Regan calling on the administration to issue a strong rule this year
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April 25, 2022

Bill in Congress Would Bar Americans From Reciting Our Own Laws

Last week, 14 organizations wrote to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose dangerous legislation titled the “PRO Codes Act.” The new bill provides that any “original work of authorship” that is “adopted or incorporated by reference, in full or in part, into any Federal, State, or municipal law or regulation” would have copyright
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April 8, 2022

College Head Arthur Keiser Settles Lawsuit With Mother, Who Claimed Fraud and Theft

Arthur Keiser, the politically powerful operator of several chains of career colleges in Florida and the Southeast, has settled a lawsuit brought against him by his 98-year-old mother, Evelyn Keiser, in which she charged him with fraud and theft, alleging that her son cheated her out of income generated by businesses they have owned together.
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April 1, 2022

Scam Over? Zovio/UAGC In Tailspin

Ashford University and its parent entity Zovio comprise a for-profit education operation that the chairman of a Senate committee branded “an absolute scam” during a 2011 investigative hearing highlighting the company’s deceptive advertising, predatory recruiting, high prices, and weak educational offerings.  More than a decade later, after tens of thousands more students have used billions
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