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CREW: Department of Education: Regarding For-Profit Education

On July 23, 2010, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Education seeking records of communications between Education officials and individuals and entities prominent in the for-profit education industry and individuals who may have publically criticized the industry for personal financial gain. Recent news reports document the efforts of several individuals to garner support for tighter regulation of the for-profit education industry by the Department of Education while at the same time concealing that they stand to reap personal financial gain from more restrictive regulations. Education just proposed new regulations for the industry and CREW seeks to learn, in part, to what extent Education may have been influenced by the efforts of individuals and entities with undisclosed financial conflicts of interest. On September 30, 2010, CREW sent a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Education seeking documents pertaining to four for-profit education companies in light of Education's decision to postpone issuance of new regulations to seek more outside input. CREW seeks to learn the extent to which Education's proposed regulations and policies in this area have been influenced by either the for-profit or non-profit industries.