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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

A New U. of Phoenix? Or Just New TV Ads?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:28 PM


On Monday, the University of Phoenix's owner, Apollo Education Group, announced a $1.1 billion deal to be acquired by a group of investors including Apollo Global Management (no relation) and the Vistria Group, a private equity firm that includes Tony Miller, who...

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Senators: Education Dept Should Cut Off Aid to Colleges That Deny Students Their Day in Court

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 6:18 PM


Today, nine Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), called on the U.S. Department of Education to cut off federal student aid to colleges and universities that bar their students from going to court to...

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Supreme Court Block on Climate Change Rule Is Unprecedented

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 11:49 AM


Apparently for the first time ever, the U.S. Supreme Court last night, by a 5-4 vote, blocked a federal regulation from taking effect while that rule was still up for review in a federal appeals...

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Who Owns the Colleges The Obama Administration Just Shut Down?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 9:18 AM


Last week 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. The allegations against the schools, while...

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Education Dept. Sent Corinthian Students to Westwood, Now Westwood Is Closing

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 9:16 AM


Last spring, when for-profit Corinthian Colleges abruptly shut down under the weight of allegations of deceptive acts, Corinthian students had a choice under U.S. Department of Education rules: transfer to another school, or receive a "closed school...

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University of Phoenix: New Boss, Same as Old?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:45 PM


Today, the University of Phoenix's owner, Apollo Education Group, announced a $1.1 billion deal to be acquired by a consortium of investors including Apollo Global Management (no relation) and the Vistria Group, a private equity firm that includes Tony Miller,...

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Credit Suisse Analyst Who Touts DeVry Previously Touted Corinthian

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 9:45 AM


Credit Suisse got the attention of Wall Street last week when it issued a report recommending that investors buy shares in one of the largest for-profit college companies, DeVry Education Group. The report came less than a week after...

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ITT Tech, Settling Shareholder Suits, Pledges Reforms

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:17 PM


Last week, troubled for-profit college company ITT Tech settled a series of lawsuits brought by shareholders that charged ITT with various securities law violations.  Under the agreement, approved preliminarily by Manhattan federal judge J. Paul Oetken on Jan....

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Dear God Do Not Leave America Alone with Ted Cruz

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:51 PM


Apparently 27.6 percent of Iowa Republican caucus-goers -- 51,666 people -- think Senator Ted Cruz of Texas should be President of the United States. That made him the biggest winner coming out of Iowa, heading into...

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Military-Branded Websites Push Veterans to Troubled For-Profit Colleges

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:01 PM


In a well-publicized 2012 action, the attorneys general of 20 U.S. states stopped a company called QuinStreet from using a military-branded website,, to steer American veterans to controversial for-profit colleges. But it turns out that marketers, including...

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Federal Trade Commission Sues For-Profit DeVry For Deceiving Students

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 1:05 PM


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against one of the largest for-profit colleges, DeVry University, for allegedly misleading students about job placement rates and salaries for the school's graduates.  The FTC complaint, filed in federal court in...

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Energy Lobbyists Gather, Blame Obama and the Pope

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:21 PM


Last week, on the day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record, the energy industry's chief lobbyists gathered in a downtown Washington ballroom to tell each other that the real...

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Blockbuster Lawsuit Claims Abusive Practices Persist at ITT Tech

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:06 PM


A federal whistleblower lawsuit against troubled ITT Tech, unsealed last week, reads like a greatest hits of abuses by America's predatory for-profit colleges.  The suit alleges that ITT has repeatedly defrauded taxpayers by taking billions of dollars in federal student aid...

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Huge Powerball Jackpot Is Less Than Taxpayers Give Yearly to Controversial For-Profit Colleges

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 6:11 PM


The unprecedented Powerball jackpot is supposed to bestow extraordinary riches upon the long-awaited winners. But did you know that each of the three winners will receive less over a 29-year payout than ten U.S. for-profit college companies receive from your tax...

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Rohit Chopra Joins Department of Education

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 11:21 AM


Rohit Chopra, whose principled and determined leadership helped make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a strong force in addressing the abuses of predatory for-profit colleges, has joined the U.S. Department of Education as a senior adviser. Chopra is working directly for...

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CEO of Troubled For-Profit ITT Tech Not Quitting After All

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:11 PM

With Donald Graham yielding to his son-in-law the CEO spot at his company, which owns for-profit Kaplan University, and with and the University of Phoenix this week putting itself up for sale, perhaps to private equity investors closely tied to President Obama (see below), where is the stability in...

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Ex-Congressman Solicits $80,000 From For-Profit Colleges for Court Paper Aimed At Shielding Fraud

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 1:19 PM


The Republican ex-congressman who now works as the chief lobbyist for the troubled for-profit college industry has ushered in the new year with an email asking for-profit college owners to finance a legal brief aimed at limiting the legal risk of...

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U.S. Fund to Fight Global Climate Change Is Less Than Annual Payout to a Single For-Profit College

(40) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:11 PM

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Last week, at a critical point in the Paris negotiations on global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would commit $800 million annually to help developing nations adapt to...

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Congress On Verge of Big Gift to For-Profit College EDMC

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 12:21 PM


After settling multiple law enforcement investigations this month on absurdly favorable terms, troubled for-profit college company Education Management Corp. (EDMC) may be on the verge of getting a sweetheart deal from Congress -- a deal that could compound the harms...

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Strip Mall For-Profit College Owners Locked Up; Wall Street Owners Walk Away

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:22 PM


On Tuesday, a federal jury in Miami convicted Alejandro Amor, the owner of shut-down FastTrain College, of theft and conspiracy. Amor gained notoriety when it was disclosed that FastTrain, a for-profit college, used strippers to recruit students, but the offense...

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