NEW YORK (AP) - A dozen U.S. senators, all Democrats, are pushing for Corinthian Colleges Inc. to stop accepting new students in a letter to the Department of Education.

Corinthian owns the Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech schools and has about 75,000 students.

The Education Department this week worked out a deal with Corinthian that gives it $16 million in federal student aid funds to keep the company running as it figures out a plan to sell or close many schools over the next six months.

Santa Ana, California-based Corinthian had warned last week that it could go out of business after U.S. regulators limited its access to federal funds. The government is scrutinizing the company over allegations that it altered grades, student attendance records and falsified job placement data used in ads.

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