House panel introduces school disclosure bill

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- For-profit higher education institutions in Idaho that provide courses but cannot issue degrees may be required to disclose more information about job placement rates under a bill making its way through the House.

The House Education Committee agreed Tuesday to introduce legislation requiring those institutions to be more transparent about cost, job placement rates and ability to provide transfer credits.

Boise Democrat Rep. John Gannon said the measure could help alleviate high loan and default rates among students who enroll in the programs.

The bill is aimed at schools offering a wide range of training, from vocational to massage therapy and taxidermy.

Twin Falls Republican Rep. Lance Clow said he's concerned the bill could add an extra layer of regulatory burdens for schools already required to disclose course information.