Press Release

Weingarten: "Republicans are For-Profit, Not Students"

Urges Fox News, Facebook to Ask GOP about For-Profit Colleges

For Release: 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


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

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.”

Click here to see Republican presidential candidate ties to for-profit colleges, and click here to view the AFT’s petition. 

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.