Thursday, June 02, 2011

For-Profit Colleges Fail to Put Words in Mouths of Lawmakers

An article about the latest developments in the DOE's fight to rein in the horrible abuses in the for-profit ed sector.  Stand strong Arne!:


U.S. Representative Danny Davis, a Democrat from Chicago's South Side, was surprised to see his name in an October ad that criticized proposed regulations on for-profit colleges.

     Davis, who is black, supports the federal rules because he says they will help protect black and Hispanic students from going into debt and paying too much for worthless degrees. The Coalition for Educational Success, a for-profit college trade group, said it put Davis's name in the ad without his knowledge, apologized and withdrew the ad.

     For-profit colleges are clashing with minority lawmakers and advocacy groups over student-aid rules that the Obama administration has proposed to keep poor students out of debt.

While the colleges say they give black and Hispanic students access to higher education, most minority lawmakers in the U.S.

House of Representatives voted to let the rules go forward in February's budget negotiations.

     "The way the for-profits and their lobbyists point to their supposed care for and support of low-income students and people of color is, to me, offensive," said California Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat and member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

     The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 U.S. advocacy groups for minorities and the poor, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People support the proposal, called the gainful employment rule. Under the regulation, for-profit colleges would lose access to federal student aid if they fail to meet benchmarks for loan repayments and if graduates' incomes are too low to repay debts.


For-Profit Colleges Fail to Put Words in Mouths of Lawmakers

2011-05-19 04:01:00.8 GMT

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