Texans warned of private high schools peddling useless diplomas

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Literacy advocates say there’s a burgeoning market of groups that claim to be private accredited schools peddling useless high school diplomas.

“For $89, they get a graduation, a photograph, a cap and gown, and a piece of worthless paper,” said Lisa Hembry, president and chief executive of Literacy Instruction for Texas. “People are told to get a job you have to have a GED. So when someone offers a quick fix, they pay it, but it’s another setback.”

While some shell out up to $300, Shatandra Saulters paid $100 for her quick fix. After dropping out of high school as a freshman, she held a few jobs but figured getting ahead hinged on earning a diploma or its equivalent.

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