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Stealing America's Future: How For-Profit Colleges Scam Taxpayers and Ruin Students' Lives [Kindle Edition]

David Halperin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Americans have become increasingly aware that many for-profit colleges – the career training schools that bombard TV, websites, and city buses with slick ads promising high-paying careers – are a bad deal for students, and that some are simply scams. These schools have been caught luring students -- veterans, single mothers, and others struggling to get ahead -- with false claims about the cost of programs and the value of degrees, and then leaving them unemployed and buried in debt. The for-profit college industry has been taking more than $30 billion annually in taxpayer dollars. But when President Obama’s administration sought to hold predatory schools accountable, the industry worked to derail reforms by buying the most expensive lobbyists, the most revered endorsers, from Colin Powell to Suze Orman, and the allegiance of powerful politicians. This is a story of how Washington created a monster, one so big that it can work its will on the political system even after the facts have heavily discredited it.

David Halperin has been fighting on the front line of efforts to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. His book is a heavily-reported account of the industry, the victims of its fraud and corruption, and the Washington showdown it provoked.


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  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RepublicReport.org (March 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JAJGIIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It will make your blood boil to see how these companies have taken advantage of veterans, single mothers, and other vulnerable consumers who are trying to improve their lives and instead get scammed. Everything is well documented, with plenty of data that the problem is not anecdotal, it is a pattern of corruption. To see all the public figures who have sold their souls is a sad reminder of how money buys influence. But the author is hopeful that the Obama Administration will take steps to clean up the mess -- if we shine a spotlight on the issue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Overview of the Industry to Date April 3, 2014
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This is the single most authoritative overview and broad analysis of the for-profit "career college" industry available, and should be mandatory reading for anyone seeking to understand how the toxic combination of federal subsidies, political pay-to-play, lax oversight, and insatiable greed perpetuates corporate welfare as the new normal. Halperin's meticulously factual narrative provides a highly readable road map for investigative journalists, policymakers, and the public. If you are puzzled or confused by how an industry that has adopted consumer fraud as its business model continues to be eligible for billions of dollars in federal student aid funding, read this book. It is destined to become a classic and will be required reading in graduate higher ed and public policy programs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening page-turner April 23, 2014
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Halperin's passion to investigate the damage done by for-profit schools to those most in need of honest guidance exposes an incredible network of greed and dishonesty. Yet his extensive research and the clarity of his prose are more than persuasive.
This book deserves maximum attention as well as the continuing investigation by the likes of Sen.Tom Harkin of Iowa (who is in his final term. I am sick at heart to learn that these so-called educators and their minions of lobbyists have so much power over our lawmakers.
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David Halperin, a lawyer-activist, has done a great service by exposing many of the political and financial players involved in the predatory for-profit education industry. His book is the best so far in a growing body of literature about for-profit education--and how it destroys the dreams of military veterans, women, people of color, the disabled, and the underemployed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling expose April 9, 2014
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If a fraction of the events documented are a true, this books represents a serious indictment against almost an entire sector of higher education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on for-profit colleges scamming June 8, 2014
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Very well-researched and -written, this book provides details and insightful information on a much-ignored issue facing this country. It should be read and acted upon by every well-informed citizen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
For profit colleges are major scams, it amazes me that close to 90% of their funding comes from the government and the results they produce are horrible, but still they are in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars solid reporting on ills of for profit schools
This book drives home the issue of for profit schools not only scamming the students but the taxpayer who subsidizes the loans. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ROBERT S. BLAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read For Any Student Or Parent Contemplating College!
The extensive research and years of passionate activism by this author make this book an enriching investment for anyone interested in the state of education in the United States. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. K. Cody
1.0 out of 5 stars IHave not received it
I forgot I order this book and I have not received it yet. Whom do I contact about this? I will have to look to see if I was charged
Published 4 months ago by Lyn Klein
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Analysis of For-Profit Postsecondary Education
I am a founder of the University of Phoenix and recently published a book (Mission Forsaken: The University of Phoenix Affair with Wall Street, Proving Ground Education, 2013),... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John D. murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Biased Report
The previous reviews sound like they were written by friends or relatives of the author. Potential readers would be better served by finding a less biased source.
Published 6 months ago by SWNYC2
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