After College Admissions Scam, Some Parents Feel 'Betrayed' And Worried About Fairness

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A massive college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme has led to a nation-wide conversation about equity in college admissions.

Federal prosecutors allege a California businessman — William "Rick" Singer — helped parents lie, bribe, and cheat their kids' way into elite colleges.

Fifty people across the country have been charged in what federal prosecutors are calling the largest college admissions scam in history.

On Wednesday, a woman who only gave her first name, Katie, called into Radio Boston and said on-air that she felt "betrayed."

"[As a mom, I'm] handling homework night after night, and packing backpacks and trying to send the message that if you work hard good things will happen," the caller said. "It's really hard to hear that if you have the money you can buy yourself in."

So how is the alleged scheme landing with other parents who are thinking about their kids' college futures?


Keri Rodrigues, founder and "Mom-in-Chief" of Massachusetts Parents United. She tweets @radiokeri.

This article was originally published on March 14, 2019.

This segment aired on March 14, 2019.


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