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Diploma Mills in Houston and Across the State of Texas

Some Houston-area high school students are leaving public schools to attend “private schools,” but on further inspection, those private schools are really non-accredited institutions, in which a student pays a fee, takes one test, and then “graduates,” diploma in hand. School board members and education experts characterize schools offering such services as essentially diploma mills, […]

Some Houston-area high school students are leaving public schools to attend “private schools,” but on further inspection, those private schools are really non-accredited institutions, in which a student pays a fee, takes one test, and then “graduates,” diploma in hand.

School board members and education experts characterize schools offering such services as essentially diploma mills, only interested in making money off of the kids, without providing a legitimate education. We were joined by KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee who reported on this phenomenon on Morning Edition. And Dr. Robert Sanborn, the President and CEO of Children at Risk, a Houston-based non-profit organization that lobbies on behalf of at-risk children.

KUHF’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee’s story: http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1375290580-At-Diploma-Mill-Students-Can-Graduate-High-School-In-Two-Weeks-Or-Less.html

Frontline’s documentary about diploma mills: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/education/dropout-nation/how-private-schools-help-lower-texas-dropout-numbers/

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