Valley school system weighs in on college bribery scheme

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — On Wednesday, Rockingham County Public Schools weighed in on the Hollywood college bribery scheme, in which wealthy parents paid college coaches and other insiders lots of money to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said.

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It included having their children admitted to the schools as athletes in sports they never participated in and having others take the SAT for their children.

Rockingham County school officials said that each situation appears to happen on a case-by-case basis, and through the way college applications are sent locally, it could not likely happen even if a student's parents had the resources.

Rockingham County Public Schools uses a program called Naviance, a software that connects with the common application, as a way to submit all information most universities need for a student.

"It's a way we can upload transcripts, a way we can upload reference letters, any information that is required from the school to the colleges," Dr. Douglas Alderfer, Assistant Superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools, said. "So it's really kind of a foolproof way of us providing the information to them, that never really goes through the hands of parents or students."

Dr.Alderfer said allegations like these are the reason why the school system focuses so much on trying to find where a student fits best after high school graduation.

"We encourage kids to find out what is it you wanna study, what are some of the characteristics of a school that you think would fit you best, and then pursue those colleges – don't try and pursue a college simply because of its name," Dr.Alderfer said.

Stefanie Niles, the President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, asked in a statement on Tuesday, for all college admission counselors to redouble their commitment to integrity with the college admission process.