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Students, SAT/ACT instructors weigh in on college admissions scandal

50 people were charged Tuesday, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. They’re accused of participating in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 6:51 PM

Nearly 20 million students attended a US college or university for the 2018 through 2019 school year. More than 6,000 of them are at SOU. Many of them are upset by the recent college admissions scam.

“People shouldn’t' be able to pay to get into schools. It should be earned, not given," said SOU student Mitchell Malot.

50 people were charged Tuesday, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. They’re accused of participating in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted. According to authorities, the man behind it all, William Singer, would either have other people take the SAT or ACT for his client's children or bribe administrators to have their real scores changed. He also bribed coaches from some of those elite schools to get students in as an athlete. One SOU student said she's disappointed about the whole scandal but not in the least bit shocked.

"I want to say I should be surprised but I am not surprised because I know there are people out there who are very selfish,” SOU student Jade Mahoe said. “All they care about is money and not education or morals or values. They just lack all of that."

"I think that [those students] should be expelled from the college they got into and actually retake the test and see what score they get and see if they can actually get into college,” SOU student Shealyn Stisher said.

St. Mary's School in Medford actually offers an SAT prep course as an elective. Vincent Comerchero teaches the course.

“This was just a spectacular moral failure,” Comerchero said. “It undercuts one of the chief goals of education which is to teach people how to be good people not just how to be high performing students.”

St. Mary’s junior Anais Fang took Comerchero’s class. She said this whole college admissions scam is far from fair especially since she's studying hard to get into the college that's right for her.

"There's all these kids that may not have as much money as the kids whose parents paid their way into getting them into colleges. I think it's not just unfair but also extremely wrong," Fang said.

Eric Danson owns an SAT/ACT prep and college counseling business called Future Focus Educational Services. He said this scam has potentially taken spaces away from kids who deserved it.

"It just kind of stings inside to know that for me I’m working really hard to help these kids get in and they're losing opportunities to get in because they aren’t paying for those slots,” Danson said. "It’s kind of a sad state of what happens when you have a lot of money and parents aren't necessarily focused on the right thing."

Danson added there are some indirect consequences as well. Some of his students who need more accommodation for the test because they have learning disabilities may not get it since lying about disabilities was also part of the scheme.

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