For-profit colleges giving big to helpful House members

House Education Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline, who saw a dramatic upsurge in campaign contributions from for-profit colleges in recent months, is pushing legislation that would help the industry preserve its access to federal student loans, USA Today reports. The measure, “Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act,” was introduced July 10 by the Minnesota Republican and two other members of the education panel and would bar the Obama administration from moving forward with rules to cut off federal student aid to schools whose graduates have high debt ratios and low repayment rates. Kline’s committee approved the bill Wednesday.

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