Betsy DeVos’s changes at the Department of Education are causing real harm as the agency removes many of the protections enacted by the Obama Administration to ensure that our tax dollars don’t fund predatory for-profit schools.
For-profit colleges play an important role in today’s society, to provide vocational training and fill in gaps left by non-profit education. But as is the case with many industries, the promise of potential profits has drawn some whose focus is more on money than delivering a quality education. After the 2008 recession, this problem became more pronounced, as many for-profit schools began to prey on desperate people, using that desperation to sell them educational programs that didn’t live up to their promises. The Obama Administration stepped up its efforts to protect students from predatory schools, working to ensure that U.S. government support – in the form of loans and grants – only went to schools that actually delivered on their promises. It also implemented programs to relieve the burden on students defrauded by such schools, including loan forgiveness. But in this Administration’s push to prefer profits over people, many of these protections are being rolled back. Too many students are on their own again, as the Department of Education once again turns a blind eye to for-profit schools that make promises they can’t or won’t keep.
Tom McClintock puts profits over people, as his votes have shown time and time again. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.
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