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Diplomas in a day( Erica L. Green, Baltimore Sun / November 19, 2013 )
The Baltimore Department of Social Services ordered a review of its education programs for foster children after a November Baltimore Sun article pointed out that it had spent $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day.
The degree program shut down amid the revelations, and the head of the school admitted that "shortcuts don't work."
Typically, a high school education calls for 720 days of classes and a battery of state tests. But for dozens of foster children in Baltimore, one day at the Crooked Places Made Straight Academy was enough. The city had sent the students to the private Christian school, where each paid $500 in taxpayer money and took a three-hour exam that qualified them for diplomas.