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Menlo Park father intends to plead guilty to an unspecified charge in college admissions scam

Original post made on Apr 4, 2019

Peter Jan "P.J." Sartorio, 53, intends to plead guilty to an as-yet unspecified charge in the $25 million college admissions scam which has had ripple effects on elite universities across the nation, while a Palo Alto couple entered not-guilty pleas, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal court documents filed Wednesday.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2019 at 8:16 pm

Is he negotiating a slap-on-the-wrist penalty or will he accept any reasonable judgement from the court?

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 7, 2019 at 10:02 am

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In the Mountain View Los Altos high school district, there is immense social pressure from some parents to "AP to the MAX" to boost good students into "elite 4 year collages." This comes at a cost. 4 AP classes per year is 5 + hours of homework at least 5 days per week.

And now, Harvard for instance is giving 0 advanced credit hours for each AP course passed, even with a 5 of 5 test score!

If boards of education allow this type of insane academic pressure, on minors, I think it is irresponsible and JUST ADDS to the pressure for collage admission cheating. Too many wealthy, graduate school educated parents disbelieve the "return to the mean" lesson of biology, and instead want to .... (I do not know what they are willing to do, some obviously are willing to commit federal crimes it seems)

the math 4 x 1 hr AP plus all other classes/rehearsals/practice etc.

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Posted by Berkeley parent
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm

@Steven Nelson
UC (Berkeley, for example) does give credit for AP. AP classes will actually make possible for my daughter to get a double major in 3 years (after 2 years she already got enough credits for graduating with one major). We were very lucky that MVHS allowed to take AP classes starting freshmen year, not all schools have this. The regular classes are boring and not that challenging.