That industry is highly subsidized by the federal government through outright grants, a near industry-wide tax exemption, and loans guaranteed by the federal government.
Indeed, state governments also give the industry exemptions from property and corporate tax exemptions, and gives it subsidies.
But thanks to millions annually in campaign contribution -- overwhelmingly to the Democratic Party -- the industry enjoys only mild oversight.
The industry routinely denies due process rights to its customers, often arbitrarily voiding contracts without refunds.
Industry-wide sex discrimination goes unchallenged by the Department of Justice's civil rights division.
Former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren is using her position as a senator to protect the higher education industry from scrutiny.
Despite her clear conflict of interest as a law professor, Warren sits on the Senate Education. Indeed, the $517 billion-a-year (2013-14 figures) was fifth among industries that have contributed to her 2018 re-election campaign.
From the Boston Globe:
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says Besty DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Education, has a "radical political philosophy" and a thin resume for the job.
"There is no precedent for an Education Department Secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education," Warren wrote in a lengthy letter sent to DeVos on Monday morning.
DeVos hasn't held top policy-making positions in the past, unlike other picks for the position by past presidents. Warren said that DeVos has "virtually no experience" in handling student debt, developing standards for school accountability, or improving schools - the key responsibilities for the job.We need an ethics investigation of Senator Warren.
We also need DOJ to investigate the expulsion of a disproportionate number of male students who receive no refund, and who are often falsely accused of the felony rape.
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