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Letter to House members of the CBC and CHC Opposing an Amendment to the CR on Gainful Employment

February 17, 2011

Dear Representative:


The National Education Association (NEA) would like to express our opposition to an amendment being offered to H.R. 1 by Representatives Kline, Foxx, and Hastings that would block implementation of regulations on “gainful employment.”  The regulations in question would help protect students from deceptive practices employed by some career education programs. 

Numerous investigations have revealed pervasive abuses by some career education programs: deceptive and aggressive recruiting of students; inflated job placement rates and false reporting to authorities; overstatement of a program’s value and understatement of its high cost; and dismal completion rates.  Too many of these programs are preying on low-income students, minority students, and veterans seeking to further their education and, by doing so, enhance their employment opportunities.

The proposed gainful employment rule implements requirements set by Congress and advances a common-sense principle: Federal financial aid shouldn’t go to career education programs that consistently leave students buried in debt they cannot repay.

The subprime mortgage debacle and ensuing financial crisis taught our country a hard lesson about letting such abuses run rampant.  Congress should make the right decision for our students and our economy by allowing implementation of this common-sense rule.

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson         
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy