[caption id="attachment_38917" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Lawmakers in at least 17 states have introduced bills on for-profit colleges this year."][/caption]

Tired of waiting for action from the federal government, several states are moving ahead with plans of their own to tighten regulation of for-profit colleges—including some of the nation’s largest online schools.

Last fall, the federal government started drafting new rules to rein in the recruiting practices of for-profit colleges.

That effort followed a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that found the colleges deceived potential students about graduation and job placement...

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