LULAC on the “Gainful Employment” Rule

17 Nov

LULAC joins a broad coalition of more than 35 organizations that advocate for civil rights, consumers, veterans, students and college access today sent a letter to President Obama urging his administration to issue a strong and enforceable “gainful employment” rule.The letter points out: “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 who are seeking to further their education and, by doing so, enhance their employment opportunities.”

HERE GOES THE LETTER LULAC WROTE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for your leadership to make college more affordable in order to expand opportunity and
strengthen our economy. We appreciate that, in a time of intense budget pressures, your education
reforms seek to maximize the return on taxpayer investment and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. That
is why we firmly support the Department of Education’s prompt adoption of a strong and enforceable
“gainful employment” rule. We urge you to issue a final rule now that will protect students and taxpayers
no later than the start of the 2012-13 academic year.
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 who are
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. You have an opportunity, right now, to make the right decision for our students
and our economy by strengthening and finalizing this common-sense rule. We will support you every
step of the way.

-GRACIELA GALICIA
http://www.lulac.org/programs/education

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5 Responses to “LULAC on the “Gainful Employment” Rule”

  1. changemakermvu November 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    i think it’s a good letter and that more people should write letters like this.

    Patrick Uchebo

  2. changemakermvu November 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    i totally agree with patrick…its a good letter an others should get involved an do the same
    -JOSELYN RODRIGUEZ

  3. iliana November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Awsome letter! i hope he makes at least a short speech about this 🙂

    iliana

  4. Jonathan Rico November 21, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    i just totally agree with all above me. now i can actually have faith on going to a university.

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