Education Department Supports For-Profits, To a Point

Despite an interesting interview he gave for PBS’s Frontline when asked about a specific for-profit school’s abuse, Education Secretary Arne Duncan actually rather likes for-profit schools. At least he likes them when, you know, they do a good job. According to an article by Andrea Fuller in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Mr. Duncan said on Tuesday in a luncheon speech at the forum that there are a “few bad apples” among actors in the for-profit college sector, but he emphasized the “vital role” for-profit institutions play in job training.

Those colleges, he said, are critical to helping the nation achieve President Obama’s goal of making the United States the nation with the highest portion of college graduates by 2020.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Lots of people in the Obama education department appear to support for-profit colleges very much. But then, the for-profit community and the department are still arguing about how to regulate the schools. Let’s see how far Duncan’s support for the “vital role” of proprietary schools takes them.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer