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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

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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FTC Takes Action Against Florida For-Profit College Marketer

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:01 AM


The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday its first settlement with an education lead generation company, Orlando-based Expand, Inc., and its owner, Ayman "Alec" El-Difrawi, for alleged deceptive practices. The FTC contends that Expand, which operates under the names Gigats, EducationMatch and...

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Case Builds Against For-Profit Colleges Denying Students Legal Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 7:00 AM

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In recent months, leading Members of Congress, state attorneys general, and non-profit groups have called on the Department of Education to stop colleges that receive federal student aid from forcing students to...

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Troubled For-Profit Colleges 'Eager to Assist'-Enroll-Students of Shut-Down School

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:13 PM


The headline of a Kansas City Star article posted today reads, "Some private for-profit schools come to the aid of former Wright Career College students; Vatterott Educational Centers, Brown Mackie College and National American University offer assistance."

The article...

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Departure of Head of College Accrediting Group Won't Fix the Problem

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 9:01 PM


I've received information that Albert C. Gray, who has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the controversial accrediting body the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), may be leaving that organization.

Sunday afternoon I...

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Massachusetts Sues ITT Tech for Misleading and Harassing Students

(28) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 1:43 PM


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has sued troubled for-profit college giant ITT Tech for alleged deceptive practices and abuses of students in the state. Healey filed the suit last Thursday in Norfolk, Mass., Superior Court, and her...

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For-Profit College Trade Group Responds to Obama Reforms With Tantrum

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:32 PM


I was just alerted to this gem of a tantrum / press release issued two weeks ago by the for-profit college trade association APSCU, whose strategy of aggressive, expensive lobbying and litigation has utterly failed, and...

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Department of Education Warns For-Profit College Marketer On Misuse of Logos

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 5:39 PM

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The U.S. Department of Education last week sent warning letters to two businesses, demanding that the companies stop using the Department's official logos, or marks, without authorization. One of them, Arcadia, California-based MC Business Group LLC apparently...

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Obama EPA Must Act to Prevent Chemical Plant Catastrophe

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 11:41 AM


Tomorrow I'm scheduled to speak at an EPA public hearing addressing a new rule that the agency has proposed regarding dangers from America's chemical plants. I will draw my remarks from a formal comment submitted today by: retired Army...

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Education Dept to Give Debt Relief to More Corinthian Students

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 5:57 AM


The U.S. Department of Education says that at an event scheduled for today in Boston with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will announce that students who attended 91 former Corinthian Colleges campuses nationwide between 2010...

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Another Univ. of California Leader Quits Another For-Profit College Board

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2016 | 5:55 AM


Late on Friday, controversial for-profit college company Bridgepoint Education reported in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor Emerita and current Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, had...

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Strong Mandatory Arbitration Ban on For-Profit Colleges in Peril

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 3:07 PM


Last Friday the Department of Education took a strong stand in favor of banning colleges that receive federal student aid from forcing students to bring disputes with their schools into secret arbitration proceedings, rather than allowing students...

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Top Democratic Lawyer Pushed Pentagon to End U. of Phoenix Suspension

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 4:37 PM


Lawyer Jamie Gorelick, who served in the Bill Clinton Administration as general counsel of the Department of Defense and later as Deputy Attorney General, this year successfully pressed the Pentagon on behalf of the nation's biggest for-profit college, the University...

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VA to Warn Veterans About DeVry

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 1:05 PM


The Department of Veterans Affairs today suspended for-profit DeVry University from the VA's "Principles of Excellence" status under the GI Bill.  The VA said in a statement that it had taken the action after it had reviewed a recent...

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Dept of Educ Wants to End 'Outrageous' Forced Arbitration by For-Profit Colleges

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 5:42 PM

The Department of Education tonight released a new draft of regulations on student debt relief, in advance of the third round of rulemaking meetings to be held next week, and in a press release (see below)...
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Arizona: For-Profit College Paradise?

(5) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 5:09 PM

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As government regulators and law enforcement agencies in Washington and around the country have come to recognize that some of the biggest for-profit colleges have been deceiving and abusing students, and as media...

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Appeals Court Rejects For-Profit College Attack on Obama Rule

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:37 AM


A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC this morning rejected the for-profit college trade group's challenge to the Obama Administration's gainful employment rule, a regulation that holds career training programs accountable for consistently leaving...

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'Wall Street Journal' Posts Anti-Student Op-Ed Without Disclosing for-Profit College Ties (Again)

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:41 PM

The Wall Street Journal today published an op-ed arguing against providing broad student loan debt relief for people who were deceived by their colleges. The co-authors of the article, Jorge Klor de Alva and Mark Schneider, contend...
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Romney and Rubio Attack Trump University, But Both Are Tied to Predatory Colleges

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 8:33 AM


Mitt Romney will charge in a speech today, according to excerpts released in advance, that Donald Trump's "promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University." Romney's attack follows Marco Rubio's recent hits on Trump's unlicensed for-profit...

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