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For-profit schools’ practices, results call for oversight

I agree with Attorney General Martha Coakley’s comparison of for-profit colleges with subprime mortgage lenders (“Coakley widens schools inquiry,” Page A1, Feb. 4). In both cases, vulnerable people have been seduced into expensive programs, leaving them and taxpayers holding the bag.

As someone who has worked with refugees and recent immigrants, I have seen these organizations persistently call people who can barely speak English, promising them lucrative careers at twice or three times the cost of the same program at a community college. Sometimes, there are no requirements, such as a basic mastery of English, so that even once they get these so-called degrees, the students are unemployable.

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