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New allegations of racist practices at for profit colleges emerge

On Wednesday April 11 2012 Courthouse news reported Joseph Simpson, a former dean at for profit school Anthem Career College, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging Anthem fired him for protesting racist hiring practices and the cheating of workers out of overtime pay.
According to Courthouse news the complaint stated “Ms. Nash [the school president] was only offering full time employment opportunities to white candidates and not to African-American candidates. Ms. Nash also repeatedly blocked plaintiff’s attempts to hire a fully qualified African-American registrar while pushing forward white candidates who were less qualified.”
The complaint is remarkably similar to a lawsuit filed against Kaplan University by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to an EEOC press release from December 2010:
      Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, a nationwide provider of post secondary education, engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful discrimination by refusing to hire a class of black job applicants nationwide, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.
     Since at least 2008, Kaplan Higher Education has rejected job applicants based on their credit history. This practice has an unlawful discriminatory impact because of race and is neither job-related nor justified by business necessity, the EEOC charged in its lawsuit.
     As a result of these practices, the company has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the lawsuit (Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-02882) filed by the EEOC’s Cleveland Field Office in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. It is a violation of Title VII to use hiring practices that have a discriminatory impact because of race and that are not job-related and justified by business necessity.
From student recruitment to hiring practices, the  premise of for profit colleges is racially exploitative and discriminatory.
For profit colleges deliberately target and recruit low income minorities (mostly women), segregating them in a seperate and unequal system of virtual colleges with tuition that is 2-5 times the cost of public colleges, saddling them with tens of thousands of dollars of debt which is not dischargeable in bankruptcy court.
Washington Post Company owned Kaplan University is one of the most notorious offenders, as demonstrated by the EEOC lawsuit. In a shareholder lawsuit Kaplan admitted:
Plaintiff alleges that KHE’s supposedly “secret business model” depended upon the recruitment of “low-income and minority” students who were dependent upon federal loans and grants. But that was not a secret.
Furthermore Kaplan’s tuition policies are racially exploitative; for a bachelor’s degree,on line Kaplan University charges: $30,00 for active duty military, $41,000 for veterans, $50,000 for international students, and $68,000 for low income minority students dependent upon Title IV government aid.
To make matters even worse, Washington Post CEO Donald Graham has also admitted raising tuition on Kaplan’s low income minority students every time the government increases loan limits, in an effort to dishonestly maintain compliance with a government regulation known as the 90/10 rule.
From student recruiting to staff hiring, for profit colleges represent racist practices by publicly traded  companies and private equity firms, with 90% of revenues provided by the Federal Government.
As evidenced by the law suit against Anthem career College, Kaplan University is by no means alone in these practices. This writer has chosen to focus on Kaplan for two reasons.  First it has allowed in depth investigative reporting not performed anywhere else.  Second as the owner of Kaplan University, the Washington Post continues to violate the public trust as one of America’s most prominent newspapers.

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Dr. Danny Weil is a public interest attorney who has practiced for more than twenty years and has been published in a case of first impression in California. He is no longer active as a lawyer but has written seven books on education, has taught second grade in South Central LA, PS 122, taught K-1 migrant children in Santa Maria, California and Guadalupe, California, taught in the California Youth Authority to first and second degree murderers and taught for seventeen years at Allan Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, CA. in the philosophy department. Dr. Weil holds a BA in Political Economics and Philosophy, a multi-subject bilingual credential in education (he is fluent in Spanish) and a PhD in Critical Thinking. Dr. Weil was one of 226 legal residents in Nicaragua, where he worked for the Ministry of Culture under the Sandanistas in1985. Dr. Weil is an expert in curriculum design for critical thinking at all levels of education, from K-adult. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on critical thinking and pedagogy, having written many books on the subject. Danny Weil is a writer for Project Censored and Daily Censored. He received the Project Censored "Most Censored" News Stories of 2009-10 award for his article: "Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model / Obama and Duncan's Education Policy: Like Bush's, Only Worse," published by Counterpunch, August 24, 2009. Dr. Weil has published more than seven books on education in the past 20 years. You can also read much more about all aspects of the privatization of the educational means of production and the for-profit, predatory colleges in his writings found at,,, and Project where he has covered the issue of the privatization of education for years. He can be reached at [email protected] His new book, an encyclopedia on charter schools, entitled: "Charter School Movement: History, Politics, Policies, Economics and Effectiveness," 641 pages, was published in August of 2009 by Grey House Publishing, New York, and provides a scathing look at the privatization of education through charter schools. He is currently a member of the Truthout Public Intellectual Project. "The project is designed to provide a platform for the general public to think carefully about a range of social problems that affect their lives. It will also allow a generation of scholars to reflect on their own intellectual practices, discourses and understanding of what it might mean to embrace their role as public intellectuals" (

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