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Old 03-14-2019, 08:24 AM
 
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Originally Posted by BigDGeek View Post
UT-Austin is absolutely a status school, inside and outside of Texas.


Full disclosure: I'm a UT-Austin grad. I didn't have help getting in (or graduating).
If you are a millionaire and all your friends are millionaires, none are going to be impressed that your kid is going to U of T. I don’t think status had much of anything to do with it, they already have high status.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:42 AM
 
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The details on Felicity Huffman's actions are coming out. Her daughter scored 1020 on her SAT. Huffman paid $15,000 to get that score up to 1420.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:05 AM
 
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If you are a millionaire and all your friends are millionaires, none are going to be impressed that your kid is going to U of T. I don’t think status had much of anything to do with it, they already have high status.
Never lived in Texas, have you?


If you knew the fraction of multi-millionaires who live in Texas and attended UT or A&M you might re-think that.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:09 AM
 
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I think federal prison should be for the most dangerous of criminals. Somehow Huffman and the rest of the parents don't rise to that level for me; neither do the coaches.
It seems there are many people unsuccessful in life who, rather than internalize their personal shortcomings, blame "the rich and powerful" and hence have a bloodlust for revenge against the crime of being, you know, successful.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:23 AM
 
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The details on Felicity Huffman's actions are coming out. Her daughter scored 1020 on her SAT. Huffman paid $15,000 to get that score up to 1420.
I took the SAT 4 times back in the early 90's and got within 10-20 points each time, at least I was consistent!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:28 AM
 
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Interesting, nobody bribed to get their kids into UC Berkeley.
... or CalTech or MIT or Harvey Mudd or Georgia Institute of Technology or other rigorous engineering programs. While the indictment doesn't specify it, I doubt any of the students planned to study hard stuff - probably just lit majors and sociology majors and the like.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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Then there’s the fact they set it up as a “charity” and deducted their bribes. We paid for that.
IRS tax returns are a separate issue. The *really* smart parents would not deduct the bogus charitable contribution because that's felony tax evasion. If the parents are convicted, the IRS will indeed pursue the matter.

Felony tax evasion will be separate legal proceedings, and I believe it would end up in Tax Court - a different judicial body. It will be quite painful.

We won't know for a while, but I suspect the bright parents did not deduct the bogus charitable contribution for this reason. I suspect the Hollywood parents just turned all their info over to a tax preparer, who, not knowing about the bogus deduction, put it on the tax return.

And, of course, those parents who are attorneys will be ejected from the bar.

The pain has only just begun.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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I agree these pampered snowflakes and spoiled millionaires (and those who helped them) should be charged & penalized to the max but.....did the FBI, cops, etc. REALLY have to show up at their doors in the early a.m. with guns drawn like it was a raid on a terrorist safe house???*

Stupid and grandstanding....just a stunt to show off apparently how "serious" they were taking it. The Roger Stone arrest a while back was the most comically extreme case of overdoing it.....helicopters and SWAT teams showing up a dawn to arrest an old man who had probably just taken his metamucil & prostate meds. A huge waste of taxpayers dollars to show off their "might" and play Army.

There's a place such tactics/show of force is needed....but not when it's spoiled millionaire Hollywood actresses & affluent old men living otherwise peacefully in their mansions & manicured lawns.

A massively ridiculous overreach and waste of our money to get publicity and justify their existence.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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What's most disturbing to ME, is that elite universities openly allow the opinions and desires of COACHES, to influence who's selected for admission.
because sports brings in a ton of money. Penn state football brings in some thing around 90 million bucks of revenue for the school.

Big ten schools will tell you their sports teams PAY for most of the academic scholarships. Do you really think they can give out scholarships to philosophy students on their own.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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All public schools in CA receive the exact same level of funding, per pupil. How the districts spend the money may vary, but the poorest schools get much in the way of additional funding from federal programs.
Actually, public school funding is a bit more complicated in CA.

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In 2013, California implemented the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), shifting from a complex system with more than 50 funding categories to a multi-tiered formula that directs extra funding to “high need” (economically disadvantaged, English Learner, or foster youth) students. The LCFF provides a base amount of funding keyed to each district’s average daily attendance. Districts then receive a 20% supplement for each high-need student, and districts with relatively large shares of high-need students receive additional dollars.
https://www.ppic.org/publication/fin...ublic-schools/
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