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Cleveland.com: With taxpayer money, for-profit colleges spend massively on marketing; Sherrod Brown wants to ban the practice

The practices of for-profit career colleges — and claims that some rip off students and taxpayers — are coming before Congress again, this time with a threat that could cost the colleges money.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to make it impossible for any college to use federal money for marketing, advertising or recruiting — a restriction he says would stop profiteering and recruiting abuses. A two-year Senate education committee investigation in 2012 found that for-profit colleges spent more than 20 percent of their revenues on marketing and recruitment, which was more than many spent on instruction.

Much of that revenue came from federal student-aid programs, and some was supposed to help military veterans.

Cleveland.com: Sherrod Brown calls for legislation to change school testing

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Monday called for the passage of legislation to limited standardized testing in the nation’s schools.

Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, joined administrators, teachers, parents and students at Shaker Heights High School to push for passage of the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act. It would give grant money to state departments of education to evaluate standardized testing.

The SMART Act is included in the Every Child Achieves Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind. The legislation is awaiting approval by Congress.

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Columbus Dispatch: Sen. Sherrod Brown pushes for more effective student testing

Christie Plickert’s twin fourth-graders Luke and Rachel have been through a good amount of standardized testing at Norwich Elementary School this year.

“No matter how many times I try to tell them, ‘Just do your best, you’ll do fine,’ they still get some anxiety,” Plickert said, adding that they’ve “handled it pretty well.”

That anxiety led Plickert to stand with other teachers and students of the Hilliard City School District to support Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a Tuesday news conference as he called for more effective and reliable standardized testing through the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — also known as No Child Left Behind.

“We need to work on and fix a piece of legislation that is over a decade old,” Hilliard City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen said about No Child Left Behind, which was approved in 2001.

In the library at Alton Darby Elementary School, Brown outlined the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, which would reevaluate or eliminate redundant and outdated tests.

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