Press Release

AFT President Weingarten on Corinthian College Closure

For Release: 

Monday, April 27, 2015


Michael Heenan
202/585-4371; Cell:202/577-3941

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the announcement of final campus closures of the failed for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges Inc.:

“While we may rejoice that a bad actor can no longer hurt students, the victory is Pyrrhic for the thousands of students who were scammed by a false promise of higher education. So today, the AFT lauds the organizers of the student debtor movement—most notably the ‘Corinthian 100’ debt strikers—for bringing this extreme abuse of students into the public view, and we urge Secretary Duncan to use his maximum authority to relieve Corinthian students’ crippling debt.”

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.