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Mass. AG hopeful: Crack down on for-profit schools

February 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for attorney general Maura Healey is vowing to crack down on what she called predatory for-profit colleges if elected to the state’s top law enforcement job.

Healey said some for-profit schools lure students into loans they can’t afford to repay, leaving them with high debt and without sufficient job prospects.

Healey said her plan would focus on stronger regulations and increased enforcement to take on schools whose recruiters lie to prospective students. She also called for legislation giving students assistance and protections from predatory schools.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley have also called for stricter oversight of the schools.

For-profit colleges have pushed back, saying they are a critical resource for low-income adults trying to improve their education while balancing work, life and children.

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