Minority Groups Call for Sec. Duncan to Stop Gainful Employment Rule Until “Minority Student Impact Assessment” Is Conducted

Today Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Lanny Davis, former Clinton White House Special Counsel, and Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund called upon the Department of Education (DoED) to assess the impact on minority students of the nearly finalized "Gainful Employment" rule in a press teleconference call. Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, who was unable to participate in the conference, provided a statement.

On the press conference call, NBCC President Harry Alford, Lanny Davis, former Clinton White House Special Counsel and Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, called upon the Department of Education (DoED) to stop the harmful Gainful Employment rule until the potential impacts the rule will have on minority students has been evaluated.

In addition, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson issued the following separate statement on Gainful Employment, consistent with his previous views on the issue:

"I urge Secretary Arne Duncan to refrain from finalizing the Gainful Employment proposed regulation until Congress is given a full opportunity to evaluate the actual effects of this proposal on minority and lower income students in America who attend career colleges. I call upon Secretary Duncan to hit the pause button and give Congress a chance to make recommendations on possible modifications."

Similar to a routine environmental impact assessment conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), minority leaders urged Secretary Duncan to conduct a “Minority Student Impact Assessment” to consider the drastic implications the “Gainful Employment” regulation will have on low-income and minority students.

“Consistent with the entire secretive, biased, non-transparent process used by the Department of Education in drafting this Gainful Employment regulation, Secretary Duncan is unable to tell minority students attending career colleges what the actual impact on their lives and their prospects for continuing their educations will be if this ill-advised rule is made into law by unelected bureaucrats at DoED,” said Davis. “How can he stand for this? Until he issues a ‘Minority Student Impact Assessment’ Secretary Duncan cannot run over the strong positions of 58 House progressive Democrats who opposed funding of Gainful Employment regulation without allowing Congress and affected students to know its real human impact."

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