Monday, May 1, 2017
Booyah!: Fourth Tier Charlotte School of Law Under Investigation by North Carolina’s Attorney General
Have Fun, Bitches!: On April 29, 2017, the Charlotte Observer published a Jane Stancill report entitled “NC attorney general tells Devos he is investigating Charlotte School of Law.” Review the following:
“N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s office has written to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, informing her of its investigation of the troubled for-profit Charlotte School of Law.
The April 12 letter, signed by Special Deputy Attorney General Harriet Worley and Assistant Attorney General Matt Liles, urges protection of students who may be in danger of losing eligibility for loan forgiveness due to the education department’s deadline rules related to withdrawal dates. The letter points out that the school appeared to be about to close and repeatedly shifted dates for its reopening this semester.
The letter was first reported by Politico.
The school’s future has been in doubt since the Obama administration cut off its federal funding. The school has also been on probation from the American Bar Association because of its admissions policies.
The letter says more than half of the for-profit law school’s students have withdrawn. Only 25 percent of students passed the state bar exam in February, the letter said, and the average debt upon graduation is almost $162,000.
The North Carolina officials pointed out various signs that the school is on the brink of closing.
The school’s landlord said that the school is willing to sublet its classroom space and the school paid its city and county taxes 169 days late. Enrollment is below the 500-student minimum target the school had previously set out.” [Emphasis mine]
Those aren’t great signs for the pigs at this ABA-accredited cesspool. Now, look at the next two paragraphs:
“As you have noted in your public statements, educational institutions must be accountable,” the letter to DeVos said. “Inevitably, some schools will not be a success. When those unsuccessful schools shut down, their former students will be left with long-lasting impacts from debt. If CSL closes, this case will be the first opportunity to establish how your Department will protect students’ interests when post-secondary educational institutions do not succeed.”
Scott Broyles, a popular faculty member at Charlotte School of Law since it opened in 2006, resigned as dean this month after only three weeks on the job. He cited disagreements with the administration over strategies to best serve the school, and frustration with the Department of Education’s continue refusal to release loans to cover tuition and living expenses of the students.” [Emphasis mine]
Something tells me that DeVos didn’t mean it when she said that educational institutions must be held accountable for their actions. That was mere fodder for her supporters. “Higher education” is big business in this country – and this lady is not about to upset that $y$tem. It is nice to see the school struggle though.
Other Coverage: Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry on this development, on April 27, 2017. That piece was labeled “Troubled Law School Under Investigation By State Attorney General, Hopes Betsy Devos Will Come To Its Rescue.” Take a look at this opening:
“Charlotte School of Law has been through the wringer in recent months. From being placed on probation by the American Bar Association over its graduates’ repeated bar failures to being booted from the federal student loan program by the Department of Education to coming perilously close to failing the Department of Education’s gainful employment test to posting the worst bar exam passage rates in the school’s history to having two deans quit, one right after the other, you’d think that nothing else could possibly go wrong for this embattled law school — but you’d be wrong.
Not only has North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein opened an investigation into the for-profit law school, but the University of North Carolina system, which regulates for-profit colleges in the state, has also opened a review of the law school’s state operating license. We’ll tackle what’s going on with the state attorney general’s office first, as Stein is “very concerned about the current situation at the school” — as he should be, all things considered.
According to POLITICO, which first reported on this story, Stein is “investigating the school under the state’s civil consumer protection laws,” looking into Charlotte Law’s potential closure, and questioning the school’s attempts to restore its access to federal loans. It seems that the Department of Education, under the reign of Secretary Betsy DeVos, actually invited Charlotte Law to reapply for federal funding. In the hope that the Trump administration would be a little more receptive to the failing for-profit institution, Charlotte Law did just that on March 29 — “at the direct suggestion of a top department official” — with the school’s president, Chidi Ogene, urging DeVos to give “all possible priority” to its reinstatement application.” [Emphasis mine]
Idi Amin doppelganger Idi Ogene knows how to play the game. Plus, this trash heap is backed by Infilaw, i.e. Sterling Partners. Then again, maybe the scum who run the equity firm get tired of the bad press and try to unload this dump. However, who would purchase the commode?
Conclusion: In the end, I don’t see this pile of rotting garbage going out of business – at least not due to losing federal student loan funding. If DeVos invited the cockroaches to reapply for reinstatement, then they should be on track for more cash. After all, it is someone else’s money – and politicians don’t mind pissing that away.
Posted by Nando at 5:31 AM