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David Halperin
David Halperin advises organizations on strategy, policy, politics, communications, and legal matters, and he writes at He was previously: founding director of Campus Progress and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; senior policy advisor for Howard Dean's presidential campaign; founding executive director of the American Constitution Society; White House speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton; co-founder of the Internet company RealNetworks; and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Entries by David Halperin

College Staffed By Ex-Trump University Executives Tells Employees To Avoid The Media

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:39 PM

Tampa-based college Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), whose co-CEO was the chief operating officer of controversial Trump University, has emailed its employees regarding an article that Republic Report published earlier this week. UMA CEO Steven Kemler wrote to his staff (see images below) that Republic Report's article "presented an unbalanced...

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Ex-Trump University Executives Run College That Gets $150 Million From Taxpayers

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 4:13 PM


Two former high-ranking executives of Trump University are now two of the top executives at a Florida-based career college, Ultimate Medical Academy, that has 13,000 students enrolled, has been receiving more than $150 million annually in federal student aid, and is accredited by...

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For A Day, Broke Students Win

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:48 PM

In a world of mass shootings, Brexit, and a looming dramatic presidential election, the deliberations of the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), in a nondescript meeting room at the DoubleTree Crystal City in...
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Friends In High Places: Who Endorses America's Troubled For-Profit Colleges?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 12:34 AM


Today Republic Report is releasing a brand-new investigative report: Friends In High Places: Who Endorses America's Troubled For-Profit Colleges? 

Our report describes in detail the...

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Department Of Education Staff Moves To Dump For-Profit College Accreditor

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 10:07 AM


The staff of the U.S. Department of Education has just recommended that a controversial college accrediting body face what a Department official labeled "termination" -- an end to recognition by the Department as an agency that accredits schools. The...

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For-Profit College Lobbyist Gives the Game Away

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 10:25 PM


It is absolutely stunning that the for-profit colleges' chief lobbyist, Steve Gunderson, told a reporter today that a new Obama Administration proposed rule -- a rule that would finally give students and taxpayers some leverage to recover payments...

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Why We Need A Strong Student Debt Relief Rule

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 6:15 PM


The Obama Administration is on the verge of issuing a proposed rule that would create new procedures and standards for cancelling the federal student loan debt of people who were defrauded by their colleges. The rule would also...

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As APSCU Meeting Opens, Ex-Members Make Big News

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 6:20 PM


The for-profit college trade association APSCU opened its conference today in Orlando, and amid sessions about dealing with increased government scrutiny after APSCU's failed lobbying strategy, there was news about two former APSCU members:

Massachusetts Attorney General...

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For-Profit College Industry, in Freefall, Convenes in Florida

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 10:16 AM


Today, the troubled for-profit college industry's troubled trade association, APSCU, begins its four-day annual convention, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando FL. Unlike past years, there is no big name keynote speaker, no George W. Bush, Jeb...

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Trump University: A Scam, But a Familiar One

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 10:07 AM


Four hundred pages of documents released on Tuesday by a federal judge in San Diego add detail to the tawdry story of Donald Trump's unaccredited Trump University. The operation appears to have relied on high-pressure recruiting pitches, buoyed by deceptive claims, and it...

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Kaplan's Graham Lobbies White House Against Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 10:41 AM

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Donald Graham, who turned his family company from the fabled owners of the Washington Post newspaper into the purveyors of the predatory for-profit college Kaplan University, met twice late this month with senior White House officials. Graham's aim, as documents...

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A Dubious Benefit: Big Employers Steer Workers to Troubled For-Profit Colleges

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 4:05 PM

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American Airlines tells its workers that one of the employee benefits for which they are eligible is "career development training," and an internal employee benefits web page lists American's "learning partners and other sources for...

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New Law Firm Monitor for Zenith: Like the Old One, It Represented Corinthian

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 6:51 PM



The U.S. Department of Education announced today it has "accepted" the law firm Squire Patton Boggs as the new "independent monitor" for Zenith Education Group. Zenith is a division...

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Veterans Groups Oppose Manchin Amendment Giving For-Profit Colleges Unfettered Access to Military Bases

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:49 PM


Just as America's veterans organization are coming together to demand better government protection against deceptive and abusive practices by for-profit colleges, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) seems to want to move in the opposite direction, pushing an amendment that would...

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University of Phoenix Won't Force Students to Arbitrate Claims; Scope Unclear

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:00 AM


The University of Phoenix just announced that it will no longer require students to agree when enrolling to give up their rights to pursue in court any disputes with the school. Many for-profit colleges have used such fine-print clauses...

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Stuff For-Profit College Executives Say

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 11:48 AM

The market analysis division of Credit Suisse held a two-day conference in March addressing for-profit education, and many for-profit college industry executives and consultants attended the meeting, held in Boston. Credit Suisse analyst and long-time for-profit college booster Trace Urdan published a revealing write-up of the...

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Bush EPA Head Says Obama Chemical Safety Plan Is Too Weak

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:24 PM

Former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman (R), who headed the EPA under President George W. Bush, has written to President Obama's EPA head, Gina McCarthy, to argue that the EPA's proposed regulation to reduce the risks of...
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New Head of Zuckerberg Education Charity Sits on Board Governing Troubled For-Profit College

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 5:33 PM


In an announcement that received wide media coverage, James H. Shelton this week was named the first head of the education component of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a new corporation, dedicated to charitable ventures, that is...

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Ellen DeGeneres Shills for For-Profit College Facing Law Enforcement Probes

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 6:22 PM

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Today on her television show, in honor of the upcoming Mother's Day, Ellen DeGeneres gave a $25,000 college scholarship to Courtney, an Oklahoma stay-at-home mom who wants to be an ultrasound technician....

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Education Department, Getting Fed Up, Links For-Profit College to 'Grifters'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:04 PM


Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education took the rare step of cutting off federal student aid to two for-profit college chains, each accused of deceiving the Department and their own students. Now the Department has denied...

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