WASHINGTON, D.C. | June 12, 2013
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to continue pursuing the widely-panned ‘gainful employment’ regulation:
It is disgraceful the administration continues to ignore the significant threat the so-called ‘gainful employment’ regulation poses for students, institutions, and our economy. Members on both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns that by imposing arbitrary requirements on proprietary colleges, this reckless mandate would reduce access for students, destroy jobs, and undermine the strength of the American workforce. By refusing to acknowledge these serious consequences, the administration is once again choosing to pursue its own failed agenda instead of working with Congress to find a better solution.
In April Chairman Kline and Rep. Foxx joined Reps. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) in sending a letter urging Education Secretary Arne Duncan to drop the ‘gainful employment’ and ‘state authorization’ regulations and instead work with Congress to address program integrity issues as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization. Read the letter here
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