State Policy

Check out our work to improve student protections and college quality at the state level

Student veterans zach hastie and michelle kernizan joined our state policy manager ramond curtis to ask NY legislators to protect student veterans (Albany, NY, March 2019)

Student veterans zach hastie and michelle kernizan joined our state policy manager ramond curtis to ask NY legislators to protect student veterans (Albany, NY, March 2019)

New York

In New York, Veterans Education Success is working with the Governor’s office to protect student veterans and force colleges to close the 90/10 loophole:

  • Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis (April 10, 2019) (video here)

  • Testimony of American Legion New York Commander (April 10, 2019) (video here)

  • Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis (March 4, 2019) (here)

  • Testimony of student veteran Zach Hastie (March 4, 2019) (here)

  • Testimony of student veteran Michelle Kernizan (March 4, 2019) (here)

  • Letter of Support from The American Legion (March 13, 2019) (here)

  • Letter of Support from 16 leading national veterans and military service organizations (March 26, 2019) (here)

  • New York Post Letter to the Editor by VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis (March 24, 2019) (here)

Veterans Education Success also testified before the New York State Assembly regarding veterans’ transition to civilian career and how to ensure economic success:

  • Testimony of VES Director of Military & Consumer Policy Mike Saunders (Dec. 12. 2018) (here)

our State policy manager ramond curtis testified in favor of maryland legislation to protect student veterans (annapolis, md, Feb. 20, 2019)

our State policy manager ramond curtis testified in favor of maryland legislation to protect student veterans (annapolis, md, Feb. 20, 2019)

Maine

In Maine, Veterans Education Success’ State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis worked with Maine Senators on legislation to require better oversight of for-profit colleges. It passed unanimously in May 2019!

Maryland

In Maryland, Veterans Education Success urged legislators to protect student veterans and force colleges to close the 90/10 loophole:

  • Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis (Feb. 20, 2019) (here)

  • Testimony of student veteran Michael Miedzinkski (here)

  • Testimony of student veteran Cynthia Castellon (here)

Oregon

In Oregon, Veterans Education Success is working to protect student veterans and force colleges to close the 90/10 loophole.

  • VES organized a Student Veterans Lobby Day in the Oregon capitol May 14, 2019 (photos here, here, here, and here)

  • Letter of Support from 16 leading national veterans and military service organizations (March 26, 2019) (here)

  • Video of Oregon Education Committee hearing (March 20, 2019) (here starting at 1:15)

  • Testimony of VES State Policy Manager Ramond Curtis (March 20, 2019) (here)

  • Testimony of veteran Jay Hernandez (March 20, 2019) (here)

  • Testimony of veteran Ryan Preston (March 20, 2019) (here)

Ashford university whistleblower eric dean spoke at a press conference announcing california legislation to protect student veterans (Sacramento, CA, Feb. 27, 2019)

Ashford university whistleblower eric dean spoke at a press conference announcing california legislation to protect student veterans (Sacramento, CA, Feb. 27, 2019)

California

In California, Veterans Education Success is working to protect student veterans and force colleges to close the 90/10 loophole:

  • Testimony of veteran Stephanie Stiefel before the California Assembly (April 9, 2019) (here and tweet here)

  • Letter of Support from 16 leading national veterans and military service organizations (March 26, 2019) (here)

  • One of our college whistleblowers, Eric Dean, a former Ashford University admissions rep, spoke at a press conference to announce the legislation (Feb. 27, 2019) (here)

In California, Veterans Education Success has also been urging state regulators to improve their college oversight and student protections:

  • 19 Veterans and Military Organizations, along with two education organizations, write in support of proposed regulations by the California Department of Veterans Affairs to better protect the GI Bill and student veterans (Dec. 10, 2018) (here)

  • VES Submission regarding revised California regulation (March 13, 2019) (here)