To no fanfare, debate or media coverage, the Gwinnett County lawmaker quietly introduced H.B. 792 — a bill that would have reduced oversight of for-profit, corporate colleges but not for Georgia’s public and not-for-profit private institutions.
This is a major bill that didn’t receive adequate public scrutiny at the time.
Knowing that the bill will be back next year, Better Georgia looked to find out exactly what Rep. Casas was trying to do.
If passed, his ALEC-written bill would have given a select few corporate colleges special permission to look more at the bottom line than the quality of the students’ education. And it would have given more power to a faceless group outside of Georgia and taken even more control away from consumers and students.
Government aid is the life-blood of these schools. They feed off guaranteed government-backed loans. To say they aren’t accountable to appropriate oversight is a joke.
Rep. Casas doesn’t want to talk about his sponsorship of this bill, though.
When CBS 46 asked him to defend his proposal to deregulate corporate colleges, Rep. Casas agreed to an interview and then cancelled.
His silence is telling. Rep. Casas is wrong on this issue.
Corporate schools shouldn’t receive any special treatment when it comes to oversight. We should hold them to the same high standards as Georgia State, Mercer and Georgia’s other quality institutions.
It really is that simple.
To give these for-profit schools a special break on important quality standards can only hurt Georgia.
Instead of fighting to protect a corporation’s profit margin, Rep. Casas should fight to protect students. Let’s hold these schools to a high standard.