At Coral Springs School, Diploma Costs $200 (Diploma Not Included)

For 15 years, Leslie Stanford from Columbus, Ohio, had been working. She owed that employment, in part, to a diploma she earned at a correspondence school in Coral Springs. She had paid the so-called Clarmont School $200 admission, performed whatever assignments it sent in return, and in exchange the Clarmont staff sent her a diploma on official-looking parchment. Stanford would settle happily into a job at a day care center. Until the day that state regulators showed up to check the staff's credentials. Only then did Stanford learn that she'd been had. She was fired. Here's a text version of her story, and here she is telling her story to a local news station.

I don't mean to be hardhearted, or to show bias for the home team, but come on, Leslie! For $200 you can barely rent a cap and gown, much less get an actual education. And for that paltry sum, you got a piece of paper that was apparently convincing enough to sustain 15 years' worth of employment. Rather than tell your sob story to a local TV crew, you should be thanking Clarmont, if it still exists. (A search of state records under that name shows only a "Clarmont Enterprises" registered in Florida but based in New York and which hasn't been active since 1994.)

The real story here is how, apparently, the state of Ohio checks the credentials of its day-care workers once every 15 years.

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