Mass. for-profit schools could face more scrutiny

Students at occupational schools can learn hundreds of specialized skills to land jobs in fields ranging from airplane maintenance to culinary arts, but accusations that these for-profit schools use misleading recruiting practices and encourage students to take on loans they cannot afford have Massachusetts lawmakers calling for more oversight, according to “It is upon the legislature and the administration to try to provide the best-quality training and programs. This is a step towards that,” Sen. Michael Moore, D-Milbury, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, said Tuesday. Last week, the committee recommended legislation that would transfer oversight of the schools from the Education Department to the state agency that handles professional licensing, a move that would intensify scrutiny of the industry.

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