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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 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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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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