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Anxious students felt pinch amid Chicago teachers strike

Oct. 31, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Deadlines that affected Chicago students and striking teachers loomed over efforts this week to resolve a walkout that canceled classes for 11 days in the nation's third-largest school district. Parents across the city worried about time away from school slowing their kids' progress. The...

Groups threaten to sue U. of California over SAT, ACT use

Oct. 29, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

A coalition of California students and community groups is threatening to sue the University of California system unless it drops the SAT and ACT exams from its admissions requirements, arguing that the tests favor wealthy, white students at the expense of poorer black and Hispanic students. Lawyers representing...

Marketing CEO gets 3 weeks for cheating on son's ACT exam

Oct. 23, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California marketing executive and author was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison for paying $50,000 to cheat on her son's college entrance exam. Jane Buckingham, 51, was sentenced in Boston's federal court after pleading guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. She...

Business owner gets 3 weeks for rigging son's ACT exam

Oct. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a California jewelry business was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison after she was accused of paying $15,000 to rig her son's ACT exam and of falsely listing him as a racial minority on college applications. Marjorie Klapper, 51, of Menlo Park, California, pleaded...

California executive avoids jail in college cheating scheme

Oct. 11, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a California frozen foods company avoided jail Friday for paying $15,000 to rig his daughter's college entrance exam in a widespread admissions scandal. Peter Jan Sartorio, of Menlo Park, California, was sentenced in federal court in Boston to a year of probation after pleading...

Couple get month sentence in college bribery scandal

Oct. 8, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A business executive and his wife, a former journalist, were each sentenced to a month in prison Tuesday for paying $125,000 to rig their daughter's college entrance exams in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy and sometimes famous parents. Gregory and Marcia Abbott, of New York and...

The Latest: Pair get month terms for rigging child's exams

Oct. 8, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the college admissions bribery scandal (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A business executive and his wife have each been sentenced to a month in prison for paying $125,000 to rig their daughter's college entrance exams. Gregory and Marcia Abbott, of New York and Colorado, were...

Lawyer gets 1 month for paying to rig daughter’s ACT exam

Oct. 3, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former chairman of a global law firm was sentenced Thursday to one month in prison for paying $75,000 to rig his daughter’s ACT exam. Gordon Caplan, 53, of Greenwich, Connecticut, pleaded guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy in a deal with prosecutors. He is the...

Test proctor agrees to plead guilty in admissions scheme

Oct. 1, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former college exam proctor has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with investigators in the sweeping college admissions scheme. Court documents filed Tuesday say Igor Dvorskiy agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He previously pleaded not guilty...

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit has become the 52nd person charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Xiaoning Sui, 48, of Surrey, British...