Brinkmanship

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
Feb. 25 2006 6:18 AM

Brinkmanship

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These Potemkin high schools are filling a market niche created by the NCAA, the Times notes. In the last few years, the NCAA has changed policy to 1) allow high-school administrators to determine the legitimacy of their own courses, and 2) allow students who flunk standardized tests to compensate with a decent G.P.A. Lutheran Christian told the NCAA that it was accredited by the state (untrue) and listed 35 courses it offers, including Latin 2, chemistry, and physics. The NCAA certified Lutheran's transcripts without question. Last year the "school" sent 11 "students" to Division I teams.

"On second thought, honey, let's use TurboTax this year." … The NYT business section brings word that H&R Block has been forced to restate earnings going back two and a half years. The reason? It made inaccurate estimates of its own tax liability.

Michael Brus, a former Slate assistant editor, is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He last wrote for Slate about his career change from journalist to psychiatrist.