John Kline's "Jobs & Career" Fairs Resembled Recruiting Expos for the Likes of ITT Tech

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Congressman Kline has a thick history with the besieged for-profit college.

A year ago this week, John Kline, Minnesota's Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), hosted a job fair at the Eagan Community Center "to assist Minnesotans with an uncertain job market."

Among the Kline invitees looking to "assist" people trying to better their lot was a disproportionate number of for-profit colleges, including DeVry University, Crown College, and ITT Tech, the Carmel, Indiana-based company whose two executives were indicted on federal fraud charges earlier this week.

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ITT Tech Execs Kevin Modany and Dan Fitzpatrick Charged with Fraud

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Dwight Burdette via Wikipedia
Two execs at for-profit ITT allegedly doctored the company's books to hide poor performance.

Two executives at ITT Educational Services, Inc. -- one of for-profit colleges' biggest operations with 57,000 students at more than 130 campuses in 38 states -- were charged with fraud yesterday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Former CEO Kevin Modany and current CFO Daniel Fitzpatrick hid the company's poor performance from investors and covered up the financial fallout of two ITT-guaranteed student loan programs, according to the SEC complaint.

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Patient Claims He Too Was Abused in University of Minnesota Study

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Dr. Stephen Olson, the treating psychiatrist for Robert and Dan Markingson, recruited both for his research in experimental drugs.

The University of Minnesota has received severe criticism for its treatment of test subjects in recent months. The psychiatry department's human research program has been temporarily suspended, hundreds of medical scholars from around the world are calling on the Minnesota legislature to hold hearings on misconduct, and former Gov. Arne Carlson wants U president Eric Kaler sacked.

It's all because of the 2004 death of schizophrenia patient Dan Markingson. External investigations of his case revealed that Dr. Stephen Olson recruited Markingson for an AstraZeneca drug trial under threat of commitment. Though Markingson killed himself several months into the study (11 years ago today), the U repeatedly denied any wrongdoing until forced by the state to acknowledge its ethical breaches.

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Traditional Colleges Unite with For-Profit Higher Ed to Keep the Gov't Cash Flowing

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For-profit higher ed has an unlikely ally: America's traditional schools like Georgetown University

Entrenched snobbery has long maligned the country's traditional colleges and universities' attitude toward for-profit higher ed. But that deeply held elitism is being tossed aside since collective cash is on the line.

Inside the high-dollar K Street offices in downtown Washington, D.C., most of the groups making up the college establishment lobby have shifted course. They're now aligning themselves with career colleges as the federal government once again attempts to impose accountability rules across higher ed.

The reason for the unlikely alliance is the $150 billion feeding trough that the fed lays out annually in the form of Pell grants and student subsidized loans.

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Minneapolis Public Schools Makes Exception For Black Lives Matter Student Walkout

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Susan Du
Students who walked out for the BLM rally Friday were not allowed to come back to school, but they were allowed to participate in after-school activities

On Friday more than 600 students participated in a walkout organized by Black Lives Matter as part of the slate of protests and festivities that happened on May Day.

At 10:30 in the morning students from across the Minneapolis school district left school grounds to meet up with activists for a march to Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis.

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John Kline Silent as Pressure Mounts Against His Sugar Daddy, For-Profit Colleges

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Vince Alongi
Rep. Kline has long put the interests of for-profit colleges ahead of his fellow veterans.

There's good reason why John Kline, Minnesota's Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), is uncharacteristically mute right now on a subject so dear to his heart.

When 20 U.S. senators, including Minnesota's Al Franken, recently delivered a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking him to kill a funding loophole exploited by for-profit colleges, Kline, the powerful chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said nothing.

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[UPDATE] No Apparent Consequences for U Researcher Who Recruited Dan Markingson

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Dr. Stephen Olson

As details come to light about how the University of Minnesota mistreated a suicidal psychiatry patient enrolled in an experimental drug study, the U has found itself in hot water. While former Gov. Arne Carlson hungers for President Eric Kaler's firing, all clinical drug trials in the psychiatry department have been temporarily suspended.

It all boils down to the death of Dan Markingson, a 26-year-old schizophrenia patient who killed himself six months into a 2003 AstraZeneca study led by the University of Minnesota's Dr. Stephen Olson.

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At St. Cloud Tech, a Combustible Beef Between White Parents and Somali Students Over School Bullying

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Shamso Iman testifies about the racist bullying she experienced through all four years at Tech.

On February 19, Somali students at St. Cloud Technical High School staged a walk-out in protest of a Snapchat photo that circulated showing a Somali kid in a wheelchair with the caption "ISIS."

That prompted representatives from the U.S. Department of Education to swoop into St. Cloud State University on Monday to listen to the problems of Somali students at Tech. What they got was two hours of testimony about being called niggers and taunted about their families' supposed welfare dependence.

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John Kline Keeps Busy Voting to Cut College Grants and Cheating Special Needs Kids

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In John Kline's world, underfunding special needs kids is okay as long as his House committee gets its budget increase.

Minnesota voters are getting their money's worth with Congressman John Kline. The powerful chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has been busy of late.

When he hasn't been tied up cheating Minnesota's special needs kids out of much-needed federal funding, the 67-year-old lawmaker has been voting to hack the number of Pell Grants many of his constituents rely on to pay for college.

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Jen Houle, 22-Year-Old U of M Student, Missing Since Friday [UPDATE]

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Jen Houle Facebook
She was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. near Blarney's pub

UPDATE #1: From the Minneapolis Police Department Facebook: "Last night, video evidence was located that indicates Ms. Houle entered the river from the 10th Avenue Bridge on Friday morning. No suspects are being sought."

UPDATE #2: The body of Jennifer Houle was recovered from the Mississippi River on April 1, 2015.

Police are asking for help locating Jen Houle, a 22-year-old University of Minnesota student who was last seen outside of Blarney's Pub between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning.

The Pi Beta Phi sorority member and Carlson School of Management student was wearing a light gray jacket, green blouse, black leggings, and dark high heeled shoes, according to Minneapolis police.

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