Congressman George Miller informed his staff today that he is retiring. Among many other things, this development could have implications for the long struggle by the Obama administration to hold the for-profit college industry accountable.
The letter was watered down from the version that was circulating among House members earlier last week. In particular, the final letter dropped a key sentence from the draft, which echoed language used by for-profit college lobbyists.
Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.
If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.
America's for-profit colleges are receiving as much as $33 billion in a single year from your tax money, and billions more from the pockets of students, a lot of whom are left deep in debt and jobless from their encounters with predatory schools.
It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.
The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.