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Senate Looks At ForProfit Abuses - Media Lets Kline Off The Hook

Category: John Kline
Posted: 10/13/14 19:51, Edited: 10/13/14 19:51

by Dave Mindeman

A Senate Committee took direct aim at the ForProfit College abuse of our veterans in regards to the GI bill.

A report released recently casts some pretty unfavorable light on the for-profit college and university industry and its continued pursuit of student veterans using their GI Bill benefits.

The report from the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, "Is the New G.I. Bill Working?" says bluntly, "The fact that so many veterans are continuing to enroll in high-cost, for-profit colleges with questionable outcomes raises questions regarding whether aggressive deceptive and misleading marketing efforts are continuing."

This is important to the American taxpayer for this reason...

taxpayers pay twice as much on average to send a veteran to a for-profit college compared with a public college or university.

The Star Tribune article points out the problem, but again, John Kline is not mentioned. John Kline is not asked. John Kline is not held accountable.

And why should he be?

Because John Kline gaveled down a possible fix to this problem by adding GI loans to the 90/10 rule for college loan money. The 90/10 rule requires colleges and universities to not exceed 90% of their loan funding from government sources. Currently, GI loans are not counted and thus the For Profit Colleges target veterans into programs that often lead nowhere in regards to getting a job.

The fix was discussed - but John Kline did not EVEN ALLOW DEBATE on the proposal. As committee chair, he, and he alone, was able to gavel this down, at his discretion. A move that directly benefits his For Profit College donors.

It borders on criminal - but the media continues to ignore it.
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Cong. John Kline - Supporting A Debt Collector Near You

Category: John Kline
Posted: 10/13/14 01:22

by Dave Mindeman

Congressman John Kline seems to like debt.

His work to make student loan debt a growing scourge on society is pretty well documented....at least by some of us.

But Kline isn't just content with that - Kline is also working to make life easier for, get this....bill collectors.

Take this interesting paragraph from a recent press release....

October 7, 2014: Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.) recently held a campaign event in Burnsville, Minn., attended by ACA International member Tom Gavinski, vice president of healthcare for I.C. System in Saint Paul, Minn.


[i]There they are together - Kline and Tom Gavinski, credit collection guru

Gavinski said he spent a few minutes talking with the congressman and thanked him for his support of ACA, in particular for signing a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission calling for reform of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Now before you scratch your head too much and wonder what parallel universe we are living in...that would have John Kline "support the ACA", don't worry. It's not THAT ACA.

The ACA that John Kline supports is the Association of Credt and Collection Professionals. You know, the bill collectors.

Minnesota passed a law in 2013 which tries to curb aggressive collection practices, and Gavinski was there to defend his industry....

A new law passed by the Minnesota legislature that goes into effect this week is designed to put limits on debt buyers' ability to pursue and win judgments against Minnesota consumers. Tom Gavinski, who represents the Minnesota Association of Debt Collectors, said his is an important but difficult job. He said in 2010 debt collectors recovered $2 billion in unpaid debts for Minnesota businesses.

Yeah, protect Minnesota business...with constant harassing calls. Nope, I don't think so.

In 2012, State Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit against a collection agency that targeted Fairview Health Services customers with aggressive tactics that obtained confidential records in the hospital system. The company agreed to a $2.5 million settlement in that case.

But in spite of the abuses, the ACA is "thanking" John Kline for his support in "reforming" the Telephone Consumer Protection Act". You know, the "do not call list" regulation.

Wonder what kind of "reforms" they might be looking for.

Well, whatever it is, John Kline is on their side, not ours.
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Report Confirms ForProfit Colleges Violating 90/10 Funding Rules

Category: John Kline
Posted: 10/11/14 14:24, Edited: 10/11/14 14:29

by Dave Mindeman

More than 100 for-profit colleges are so dependent on taxpayer money that they would be violating a law designed to prevent profiteering if not for a loophole that excludes GI Bill funds and Department of Defense tuition assistance to active duty military.

That's the upshot of an internal Department of Education analysis obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting, which was completed this summer but never publicly released.
(emphasis mine)

Hmmm....I wonder why. Well, let's see what the report was about.

The federal law known as the 90/10 rule bans for-profit schools from receiving government funding if schools draw more than 90 percent of their funding from federal student aid programs. The report stems from a 2012 executive order by President Barack Obama in response to the exploitation of veterans and service members by for-profit colleges.

Here are the five main points from the Education Dept analysis:

1, 133 for-profit colleges get more than 90 percent of their revenue from taxpayers.

2. Cost to taxpayers: One year, $9.5 billion.

3. The University of Phoenix got $3.7 billion from taxpayers in one year.

4. In recent years, lawmakers have tried again and again to close the 90/10 loophole, but every effort has failed.

Quote: The most recent attempt, by Reps. Susan Davis and Mark Takano, both California Democrats, was killed in minutes by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Committee on the Education and the Workforce.

Since he became chairman of the committee in 2011, the University of Phoenix's parent company has been Kline's largest campaign contributor. During that time, he has received $57,000 from the Apollo Education Group, more than any other member of Congress.

5. 292 more (For-Profit) colleges close to funding cap.

They note: The estimates of the number of additional schools failing 90/10 may be understated since the amounts paid directly to students by VA were not used in the calculation and potentially some of these funds could have been used to offset additional institutional charges.

I wonder why this report was never made available to the public. I wonder who would want that report squashed.

Just wondering.
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