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The other day, the sting operation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues exposed a long list of well-heeled and well-known parents who rigged the college-admissions process, to some extent if you are paying proctors and ringers to take or correct tests for his or her kids. Not even after news regarding the scheme broke, critics rushed to indicate that celebrity parents like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman didn’t have to break the law to game the machine.
When it comes to ultra-rich, big contributions may get their name on a science building and their offspring an area at a top-tier school—an option California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently called “legal bribery.” Perhaps the moderately wealthy can grease the admissions process with extensive SAT tutoring or, more problematically, college application essay editing.