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Dallas, TX: (Apr-29-08) The College Board, a New York nonprofit organization that administers the SAT and PSAT college entrance exams, brought charges against Karen Dillard's College Prep, a Dallas area test prep company, alleging that they used unauthorized copies of college entrance exams to give students an advantage. Court papers indicated that College Board officials started an investigation into Karen Dillard's after an employee gave the company's student lists, business plans and financial information to the College Board. The suit also alleged that the principal of Jasper High School in Plano gave copies of the PSAT to his brother, the executive director of Karen Dillard's, on the same day students took the exam in October 2007.

In a new development in the case, officials said that in a bid to avoid a federal lawsuit, Karen Dillard's agreed to settle the allegations with a $1 million payout. Of that amount, $600,000 will be paid to the College Board and another $400,000 will cover free tutoring for high school students of low income families. The settlement was a lifeboat to Karen Dillard's, whose owners declared they feared their business would collapse under the weight of the lawsuit. The prestigious company charges up to $2,300 for coaching at sites in Dallas, Plano and Colleyville. Sources said that the case and the settlement marked one of the biggest alleged test security breaches in College Board history. [THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: DALLAS AREA TEST-PREP SETTLES IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT]


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