Locals discuss testing fairly for college entrance exams

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Hundreds of FBI agents are investigating the largest college admission cheating scam ever exposed, where affluent families allegedly bribed their kids into college.

In South Central Kentucky, many high school students may have even been taking the ACT test Tuesday when the news broke out.

The owner of a local tutoring service who helps a lot with ACT prep called it shocking.

"I read it early yesterday morning, and I was angry all day when I read it," said Joseph Deaton, the owner of Bluegrass Learning Services. "It's entitled people stealing from kids. That's the only way you can look at it."

For Western Kentucky University, their admissions criteria is not as restrictive as the requirements of the schools that have been mentioned in the investigation.

Regardless, WKU officials say they work to ensure that qualified students are admitted, in order to have an educational environment of students with the ability to succeed.

"From my perspective, the schools that have a more restrictive policy would want to make sure that everyone that they admit makes their qualifications," said Bob Skipper, director of media relations for WKU. "That just undermines the process -- that you're putting people in that are not qualified."

As a takeaway, Deaton said kids getting ready for college should not be discouraged by the scandal.

"Most of my day is spent talking with parents until the afternoons when we start working with kids," said Deaton. "And I can't imagine anybody here in this area -- nobody has ever approached us about some shortcut; they know that it takes work."

He said he knows many of the teachers who proctor locally for the test and commended them on how serious they are about making sure nobody cheats the system.

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