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September 13, 2013

Private Enterprise & Public Education

Public debate about for-profit education is confusing largely because it tends to ignore any benefits while focusing solely on the potential negatives.

November 26, 2012

Debating For-Profits: Kudos to Parent Revolution

Constructive public debate clarifies, illuminates, and, with any luck, educates. Such debate requires disputants to eschew easy banalities like "education is the new civil right" or ad hominem charges that those they disagree with want to "destroy public education." And it becomes damn near impossib...

October 22, 2012

Where Parent Revolution Lost Me

Hidy all, I'm back. Want to thank Heather, Bill, and Sarah for some terrific posts. We're about to head into heavy pre-election mode, but there was one particular development while I was gone that I feel compelled to address. I've been skeptical but sympathetic on the parent trigger. But the paren...

September 16, 2011

Obama's College Confusion

President Obama is passionately committed to improving higher education, but seems mightily confused about how he plans to do so. Putting a fine point on his dilemma, just last month, Obama's Justice Department filed a multibillion-dollar fraud suit against the Education Management Corp., the natio...

February 22, 2011

ED's "Gainful Employment" Scheme Takes a Hit

Aww, gee. The Obama administration's effort to back the Harkin-GAO witch hunt of for-profit colleges seems to have hit a wall. On Friday, the U.S. House voted 289-136 to block the Department of Education's plan to impose "gainful employment" regulations on trade schools and for-profit colleges. In...

December 20, 2010

Why the GAO Should Play Powerball

On Friday, Andrew Kelly and I penned an Inside Higher Ed column that called out the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the fact that its influential and scathing report on for-profit colleges turns out to be riddled with errors. Even worse, the GAO did its damndest to keep it under the rada...

May 24, 2010

The For-Profit Question

So long as we recognize that it is no wiser to romanticize them than to demonize them, we absolutely ought to welcome for-profits into the education sector. For that reason, recent administration moves to favor nonprofits and public operators and to marginalize for-profits, in areas such as i3 and ...

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