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Gov. Newsom signs bills to expand college student aid, target admissions scandal – Ed Source

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New laws also ease dual-enrollment for adults and high-schoolers.

The college admission scandal, college affordability and for-profit colleges are targets of new laws signed Friday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom signed the laws addressing the college admission scandal on the same day a prominent Napa Valley winemaker was sentenced to five months in prison for his participation in the scandal named Operation Varsity Blues by prosecutors. The Legislature passed several bills in response to the scandal, which involved parents paying large sums of money to get their children into prestigious colleges nationwide including University of Southern California, UCLA and Stanford.

The money paid for proctors to boost their children’s test scores by changing answers and to bribe coaches to put their children on college sports teams even though they didn’t play the sport. However, one of those bills, initially seeking to limit admissions linked to alumni and donor connections, was weakened in its final version.

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