The perils, once again, of the passive voice

The headline led me to believe this was another old-school Chicago scandal but it’s apparently just shameless bribery at work.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Monica Edinger says:

    >And how about those Baylor kids who got bucks for retaking the SATs?

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Wow, Monica, that scheme was positively baroque! Baylor offered accepted freshman a few hundred dollars in bookstore credit to retake the SAT, and a thousand if their scores went up fifty points. Baylor claimed it was a way to distribute leftover scholarship money; critics said it was a way to raise the average SAT score of accepted students, thus potentially plumping Baylor’s rating in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Baylor has now discontinued the program.

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