Education: Catching the Ghosts

Student cheating irks teachers— but what about teachers cheating?

In New York City last week, six professional ghostwriters were arrested on grand jury information that they cheated on behalf of 25 clients at 14 institutions of higher learning. Of the 25 clients, all granted immunity, nine were New York public school teachers. To "earn" higher degrees and raise their status, they hired hacks and thought nothing of it.

On 35 counts, the ghosts were charged with writing or offering to write papers and theses, some for Ph.D. candidates. The fees: $25 to $3,000. It was no small-bore haunting. According to New York District...

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