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Foxes Guarding Henhouses in Department of Education

June 17, 2019

A few days ago I wrote a post about Pennsylvania’s laws that allowed profiteers to make billions by creating for-profit charter and cyber schools that siphoned taxpayer dollars away from revenue starved public schools. In fairness to the public school profiteers, they were not the only ones taking advantage of a system that rewarded them for converting tax dollars into profit: the post secondary for profit schools led the way…. that is until the Obama administration took some steps to close loopholes and enforce regulations that penalized these bad actors for their pillaging.

But with Betsey DeVos at the helm of the USDOE and Mr. Trump in the White House all-things-Obama are out the window and the profiteers are backing up their wheelbarrows to take advantage of guaranteed loans to attract students to their low cost-high profit enterprises. And who will be overseeing the newly de-regulated procedure for protecting the taxpayers money from being abused? That would be Diane Auer Jones… a former employee of the USDOE who resigned from the George W. Bush administration’s USDOE because she thought THEY were too strict with their accreditation procedures and joined an accrediting agency that was dis-credited by the Obama administration. The whole sordid story was described in a NYTimes article last week by Erica Green, who stuck to the facts which led to an inevitable conclusion: the foxes are now overseeing the henhouse. This paragraph from the middle of Ms. Green’s article summarizes the state of affairs:

Consumer protection advocates see the rules as part of a larger plan to allow Ms. Jones’s allies in the for-profit industry to proliferate and operate with few guardrails. Some of the proposals reflect wish lists that for-profit and career schools have lobbied for in Congress. They throw a safety net to accreditors and programs that have struggled to meet departmental standards.

When legislation cannot be passed to deregulate, the next best thing is to appoint administrators who will “be flexible” in enforcing the regulation and, if necessary, make wholesale changes that have the effect of legislation. Once again, taxpayers should get a firm grip on their wallets! The shareholders of for profit schools are after your money!

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