Regulate for-profit schools

 

Kudos to Homestead’s City Council for nixing the land deal that would have let Dade Medical College expand. The majority owner is an alleged felon and it is a questionable institution, making campaign contributions and putting local politicians on their payroll.

Legislators without scruples have voted for anything that will benefit the for-profit school’s bottom line. Using a last-minute legislative amendment to weaken accreditation requirements, as state Rep. Carlos Trujillo did, was about the most damaging practice indulged in so far. No matter how Trujillo tries to justify his actions, too small a number of the school’s graduates were passing state board licensing exams, so the college found a way to wiggle out of existing standards.

Unfortunately, Dade Medical College is sometimes confused with the highly respected Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus, an easy mistake for some to make. Even giving the inferior school a similar-sounding name was probably a calculated move by the owner.

There has to be a way that legislators can regulate these for-profit colleges, rather than help them sink our students deeper into debt for dubious degrees or, worse, flood our community with unprepared medical workers.

Marta Magellan, Miami

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