Sharona Coutts was a reporter at ProPublica. She graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2008. Prior to that, she worked at Australia’s leading investigative radio program, Background Briefing, at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Coutts worked as a producer and reporter at the ABC on and off from 2002 to 2007 while pursuing a law degree. She clerked for a justice of the High Court of Australia in 2005.
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A ProPublica analysis shows Florida stands out where many other states, like Kansas, fall short.
Relying on private companies has often created its own set of problems for charter schools. Some school boards have sued, citing subpar student results and a lack of transparency.
Representatives who sponsored the amendment also received campaign contributions from the career college industry.
In four months as an enrollment counselor at Grand Canyon University, Ryan Richardson says he was instructed to sign up prospective students using practices criticized by regulators and lawmakers.
The University of Phoenix Online tops the list of schools receiving money from the Post 9-/11 G.I. Bill in its first year. Overall, for-profit colleges collected $640 million from the bill. Public colleges and universities received $697 million but the money went to more than twice as many students.
House members who signed letters asking for an end to new financial aid regulations covering for-profit schools also received nearly $94,000 from the for-profit college sector in the first seven months of this year.
With the availability of billions in new federal grants for financially needy students, some marketers are targeting "Obama moms" with ads that education officials call misleading.
Investment funds have been supporting opposition to for-profit schools, and even aiding it, possibly in hopes of profiting if those colleges’ stock prices suffer.
As much as half of the money lent to students attending for-profit colleges and universities will never be repaid, an Education Department projection says. Default rates at nonprofit schools are far lower.
The GOP’s former finance chairman admitted bribing state pension officials with $1 million in trips, cash and gifts in return for $250 million for his investment fund.