Richard A. Fowler
WASHINGTON—Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Department of Education’s gainful employment regulations.
“For-profit institutions have fought any regulation of their industry tooth and nail. They get taxpayer funding, yet they are leaving students with heftier debt, have a remarkably high churn rate and, in many cases, aren’t doing an adequate job to prepare students for the 21st century.
“While the regulations released today do address accreditation and licensing, which are important, these regulations don’t fix the core problem of helping students, especially as the student loan default rate was removed. And students, especially high-need students, will still have few protections.
“We will continue to fight to make college accessible and affordable for students and families. These students—not protecting profits—should be our priority.”
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