In his “On Education” column for The New York Times, Samuel G. Freedman examines U.S. Senate Bill 1715’s provision that would exempt “proprietary” online colleges aiding Hurricane Katrina victims from restrictions in the Higher Education Act that normally prevent them from receiving any federal grant money loaned to students. Normally, a school must prove that no more than 50 percent of its students are enrolled online in order to receive such money. Freedman questions the motives behind this Katrina education relief bill, noting that it could reward a lot of institutions with questionable business practices. (Note: This site requires registration.)