Crooked Betsy DeVos

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  1. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits NYTimes.com

    WASHINGTON — Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees.

    The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked.

    During the final months of the Obama administration, the team had expanded to include a dozen or so lawyers and investigators who were looking into advertising, recruitment practices and job placement claims at several institutions, including DeVry Education Group.

    The investigation into DeVry ground to a halt early last year. Later, in the summer, Ms. DeVos named Julian Schmoke, a former dean at DeVry, as the team’s new supervisor.
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    In addition to DeVry, now known as Adtalem Global Education, investigations into Bridgepoint Education and Career Education Corporation, which also operate large for-profit colleges, went dark.

    Former employees of those institutions now work for Ms. DeVos as well, including Robert S. Eitel, her senior counselor, and Diane Auer Jones, a senior adviser on postsecondary education. Last month, Congress confirmed the appointment of a lawyer who provided consulting services to Career Education, Carlos G. Muñiz, as the department’s general counsel.

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  2. Tartan69

    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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    There could be a number of legitimate reasons why the investigations have been wound down, however the optics stink to high heaven. At minimum you have conflicts of interest all over the place. Seems to me to a no-brainer to have a rule of some sort to disallow the decision makers in these investigations from being former employees of the places being investigated..
     
  3. phillyaggie

    phillyaggie Well-Known Member

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    phillyaggie Well-Known Member

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    polluters in charge of the EPA;

    herders and miners in charge of the BLM/Dept of Interior;

    watering down financial oversight at the multiple finance/banking industry regulating agencies;

    DEA hounded into shutting down investigations against pharma companies and pharma benefit/wholesaler companies;

    so why should this news about Education Dept surprise us? it's a wholesale unwinding of federal government functions.
     
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  5. boognish

    boognish Well-Known Member

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    The for-profit education industry can be such a scam. Come to cooking school! Become a famous chef! Rack up tens of thousands in school loans! Graduate and make $12/hour! Default on your school loans! The tax-payer is happy to pick up the tab!
     
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    phillyaggie Well-Known Member

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    that whole concept of all these big loans for what amounts to little more than Trump U diploma would be backed by federal govt and also even if the "student" defaults on the loan and later files personal bankruptcy, even then these loans cannot be wiped clean-- that's the bull shittiest part.

    And Congress is responsible for making such laws, I think, not the Dept of Edu.

    Anyways, no surprise then that DeVos would want to stuff her department and investigating arms with the very people who benefit most from the status quo.
     

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