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Defunct Art Institute of New England could be reborn, but maybe not if the attorney general has anything to say about it

Politico reports on the potential sale to some Indian concern and why Attorney General Maura Healey is outraged.

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Here comes another "reinterpreted" 'regulation' to get what she wants.

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to make comments without reading the article....

The Attorney General's 'office' is doing exactly what it is supposed to do - protect citizens of the Commonwealth from fraud.

The students enrolled and paid into programs with the expectation of receiving an education and degree. The school is not following the contract that was entered into.

The school is looking for an early out as well as profiting from reneging on it's promise to the students.

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AG has no authority to stop the sale of the school to a foreign entity. She can go after the current owners for the academic fraud. Anything else is grandstanding for political career advancement potential at a very high expense to taxpayers should a protracted legal battle ensue.

I have a bad feeling Healey is going to wind up costing the Commonwealth close to a half billion dollars in legal fees by the time she's done picking fights and tilting at windmills doing what's best for her career and not the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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Some students at the New England Institute of Art, meanwhile, say campus is a near-ghost town, and school staff are pushing them to take online classes. One student said he was told by an adviser that he was the only remaining photography student — and so the adviser, and not a professor, would teach his remaining courses. "This was a person who knows nothing about photography," said student Jeremy Dyches. "He was trying to coerce me out the door."

Last I knew, Jeremy, UMass Boston had a photography program...

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Jeremy paid for this classes and he's entitled to what he paid for. The question is why isn't the NEIA offering to cover the cost of the photo program at UMass or elsewhere.

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The art institute owes the student the education he's paid for. If they have an unqualified person teaching the courses, they owe the kid the money he's out for those courses. He could take that money and apply it to courses at UMB. I would hope he could transfer any credits earned at the art institute.

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UMB has to have an agreement to accept transfer credits from NEIA. What's the likelihood of UMB having such an agreement with NEIA after the last 5 years of chaos?

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You seem to know, at least to begin with. Then you don't seem to know with your ending question. So I still hope it IS possible.

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