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Scandal sheds light on murky world of college admissions

Amy Scott Mar 12, 2019
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Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer arrives at Boston Federal Court for an arraignment on March 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. John Vandemoer is among several charged in alleged college admissions scam. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Scandal sheds light on murky world of college admissions

Amy Scott Mar 12, 2019
Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer arrives at Boston Federal Court for an arraignment on March 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. John Vandemoer is among several charged in alleged college admissions scam. Scott Eisen/Getty Images
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Some are calling it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history. Federal prosecutors allege that more than 30 wealthy parents paid college coaches and test administrators to boost their kids’ chances of getting into elite schools. The scandal is shedding new light on the notoriously murky world of college admissions, where the rich have long had an edge.

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