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California Assembly members introduce bills to counter college admissions scandal

Posted at 1:26 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 21:17:43-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are pushing a half-dozen measures intended to discourage a repeat of the college admissions bribery scandal that largely began in the Golden State but is roiling universities nationwide.

Assembly members Kevin McCarty, Phil Ting and Evan Low proposed measures Thursday requiring that three college administrators sign off on special admissions and a ban on preferential admissions for students related to the institution's donors or alumni.

The Democratic Assembly members also want to audit public universities' admissions practices and study phasing out college admissions tests. They hope to require college admissions consultants to register with the state. And they want to strip tax write-offs from any parent convicted in the bribery scandal.

McCarty said the scandal stings even more because the admitted ringleader and many of the involved coaches and universities are from California.

“For every student admitted through bribery, there was an honest and talented student that was denied an opportunity to go to college,” McCarty added.

Ting said, “As we heard from Operation Varsity Blues, there’s some families – some wealthy families – who will really stop at nothing to get their [children] into certain elite universities … You saw to the extent, the hundreds of thousands of dollars that people would pay so that their children could get into certain schools.”