November 4, 2020

DeVos Department Has Ended Federal Aid to Troubled For-Profit College Chain

Betsy DeVos’s four-year effort to do the bidding of predatory for-profit colleges and trash rules to hold them accountable has had mixed results. Some awful schools seem to be thriving, while others have continued to collapse under the weight of their own bad behavior.  The next casualty may be an East Coast operation — including
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October 29, 2020

The Feds Shut Down These Scam Colleges, But DeVos Won’t Help Ex-Students

In recent months, we’ve highlighted on this site some for-profit and career colleges whose predatory abuses against students should disqualify them from eligibility for federal student grants and loans, yet the Donald Trump-Betsy DeVos education department keeps sending them millions of our tax dollars each month; Ashford University, Florida Career College, American Intercontinental/Colorado Tech, and
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October 28, 2020

For-Profit College Lobby Stacks Post-Election Convo with Democrats

Each year, the for-profit college lobby group CECU holds a November “CEO Summit,” a gathering where top industry executives take stock and address the challenges ahead. Notably, at the 2016 summit, the big speaker was former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who was both a close associate of CECU CEO Steve Gunderson, and an early supporter
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October 28, 2020

Accreditor Says Court Ruling Raises New Doubts About Carl Barney Schools

In August a Colorado state judge issued a blockbuster ruling that found systematic consumer protection abuses against students by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), operator of career training schools including CollegeAmerica and Independence University. Now, based on that decision, CEHE’s accreditor, which already had placed the schools on probation, is demanding new
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October 27, 2020

DeVos Deputy Slaps Accreditor HLC Anyway

In July, a Department of Education outside advisory committee, dominated by Republicans, rejected, by a 9-2 vote, an absurd and outrageous effort by Betsy DeVos aides to punish accreditor Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for its role in the meltdown of the Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) chain of career colleges. Background: In late 2017, HLC
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October 26, 2020

Ten Reasons Trump is the Most Corrupt President in U.S. History

This website focuses on corruption of American politics and policy, so we’ve been busy for four years. Donald Trump, with a few months left in his presidential term, is the most corrupt president in U.S. history — meaning he has, more than any predecessor, used his powerful job to advance his own financial, political, and
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October 24, 2020

The Last Time Trump Pushed a Foreign Regime To Influence Our Elections Was … Yesterday

In July 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump publicly called on Russia to hack the email account of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton — something that Russian intelligence operatives attempted that same day. A month earlier, Trump’s son, son-in-law, and campaign chairman had met with a Russian lawyer in Trump’s offices on the promise that
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October 21, 2020

After Students Testify, Judge Slaps DeVos For Wholesale Rejection of Loan Relief

Late Monday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by former students who say they were defrauded by their for-profit colleges and want Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education to stop delaying action on their claims to have their student loan debt cancelled. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court
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