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The War on For-Profit Education
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The New York Times's Tamar Lewin took aim at the Washington Post Company this week with a news article with the Web headline "Washington Post's Kaplan Faces Growing Scrutiny." It's kind of a self-fulfilling headline, because, by publishing a 2,600 word front-page news article on the topic, the New York Times itself both engages in the scrutiny and contributes to its growth.

What's avoided much scrutiny so far, however, is the Times's coverage of the issue. A close reading is in order. From the Times: "All these schools get most of their revenue from federal student aid. Kaplan Higher Education, for example, gets 91.5 percent of its revenue from the federal government, through Pell grants, Stafford loans, military and veterans benefits and other aid."

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Bloomberg Profiles John Sperling
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Bloomberg News carries a pretty interesting profile of John Sperling, the founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix:

In one meeting with Congressional staff members, Sperling, leaning on a cane, railed against the Obama administration, saying it was manipulated by investors betting against higher- education stocks, according to an aide who attended.

Truth is, interaction between the Obama administration and those "investors betting against higher- education stocks" would be a fine subject for some congressional or press inquiry.

The article also quotes Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate education committee:

"I've been accused of being against private enterprise," Harkin said. "This is not private enterprise. Ninety percent of their money is coming from the taxpayer."

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Bloomberg on For-Profit Colleges
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"For-Profit Colleges Charge More While Doing Less" is the headline Bloomberg News put over a news article that in fact describes in detail a whole series of ways that the for-profit colleges are doing more for students than are competing community and state-owned colleges. According to the article, the for-profits offer students less crowded classes, with seats, courses that are easier to enroll in, and teachers who can be fired if they don't do a good job. The headline is just inaccurate, and, like so much of the press coverage of the for-profits, is slanted against the for-profits.

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Where the Means-Testing Logic Goes
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The debate over means-testing Medicare or Social Security benefits, so that higher-income or higher-asset people would get less, has been the subject of a series of posts here (see for example, here, here, here, and here). Now a Bloomberg News headline takes the means-testing argument to an entirely new level: "Taxpayers Billed for Millionaires' Kids at Charter School."

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Where the Means-Testing Logic Goes
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The debate over means-testing Medicare or Social Security benefits, so that higher-income or higher-asset people would get less, has been the subject of a series of posts here (see for example, here, here, here, and here). Now a Bloomberg News headline takes the means-testing argument to an entirely new level: "Taxpayers Billed for Millionaires' Kids at Charter School."

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The War on For-Profit Education
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times's Tamar Lewin took aim at the Washington Post Company this week with a news article with the Web headline "Washington Post's Kaplan Faces Growing Scrutiny." It's kind of a self-fulfilling headline, because, by publishing a 2,600 word front-page news article on the topic, the New York Times itself both engages in the scrutiny and contributes to its growth.

What's avoided much scrutiny so far, however, is the Times's coverage of the issue. A close reading is in order. From the Times: "All these schools get most of their revenue from federal student aid. Kaplan Higher Education, for example, gets 91.5 percent of its revenue from the federal government, through Pell grants, Stafford loans, military and veterans benefits and other aid."

Read More...


Bloomberg Profiles John Sperling
futureofcapitalism.com

Bloomberg News carries a pretty interesting profile of John Sperling, the founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix:

In one meeting with Congressional staff members, Sperling, leaning on a cane, railed against the Obama administration, saying it was manipulated by investors betting against higher- education stocks, according to an aide who attended.

Truth is, interaction between the Obama administration and those "investors betting against higher- education stocks" would be a fine subject for some congressional or press inquiry.

The article also quotes Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate education committee:

"I've been accused of being against private enterprise," Harkin said. "This is not private enterprise. Ninety percent of their money is coming from the taxpayer."

Read More...


Bloomberg on For-Profit Colleges
futureofcapitalism.com

"For-Profit Colleges Charge More While Doing Less" is the headline Bloomberg News put over a news article that in fact describes in detail a whole series of ways that the for-profit colleges are doing more for students than are competing community and state-owned colleges. According to the article, the for-profits offer students less crowded classes, with seats, courses that are easier to enroll in, and teachers who can be fired if they don't do a good job. The headline is just inaccurate, and, like so much of the press coverage of the for-profits, is slanted against the for-profits.

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