Washington Post Discloses Illinois Probe of Kaplan Unit

Washington Post Co. (WPO)’s Kaplan Higher Education Corp. received a civil investigative demand from the Illinois attorney general’s office, the company said in a U.S. regulatory filing.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s demand, received by the company on Feb. 7, “primarily” seeks information about Kaplan University online students who are Illinois residents, Washington Post told the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kaplan Higher Education is reviewing the demand and “intends to cooperate with the inquiry,” according to an annual report the Washington-based news company filed with the SEC today.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, has led a federal probe into the business practices of Kaplan and other for-profit educational companies, including those run by the Phoenix-based Apollo Group Inc. (APOL)

Robyn Ziegler, a spokeswoman for Madigan, said she couldn’t immediately comment on the Washington Post report.

Bridgepoint Education Inc. (BPI), a San Diego-based for-profit schooling company, on Feb. 15 announced its Ashford University unit in Clinton, Iowa, was being investigated by state Attorney General Tom Miller.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Chicago at aharris16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net

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