Date:published on April 26, 2015. Follow-up stories included in this submission appeared on June 28, 2015, July 17, 2015, Aug. 16, 2015, Sept. 27, 2015, Oct. 31, 2015, and Nov. 4, 2015.
Miami Herald reporter Michael Vasquez took a deep look at the private for-profit college industry in Florida to determine why it has flourished while similar schools have struggled in other states. What he found: Florida politicians -- especially those in the state legislature -- have enabled the industry, passing more than a dozen laws that fueled its growth while hindering community colleges. In exchange, lawmakers have received hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions.