WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the AFT’s petition campaign to call out Republican presidential candidates who enable predatory practices by the for-profit college sector:
“The evidence is clear: Republican presidential candidates are for profits, not for students. They are more concerned with protecting the bottom lines of their friends who run for-profit colleges than providing American students with the high-quality higher educations they pay for and deserve.
“We can’t tell students that college is essential and then stand by and watch as obstacles like predatory lending and exorbitant tuition fees undermine access to the American dream. It’s just not right.
“We are committed to making college more affordable and accessible to the aspiring students who want to improve their lot in life. That is why we have been supportive of President Obama’s free community college proposal, and it’s why we are calling out Republicans who enable for-profit colleges’ predatory practices.”