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Cummings launches probe of for-profit schools

Cummings launches probe of for-profit schools

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Monday he is launching an investigation into the salaries and bonuses paid to the top executives of for-profit colleges, noting that a majority of their revenue comes from students who are receiving federal tuition aid.

Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to 13 schools requesting their senior executive contracts. The Baltimore lawmaker said he wants to determine whether salaries, bonuses and other compensation are tied to student performance.

The schools have recently come under scrutiny from lawmakers in Washington and Annapolis. A series of reports by undercover auditors with the U.S. Government...