Published Online: May 10, 2016
Published in Print: May 11, 2016, as Board Chairman Accused of Cheating on GED Resigns

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Board Chairman Accused of Cheating on GED Resigns

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The chairman of a Kentucky school board, who dropped out of high school at 17, has been accused by Kentucky state police of cheating on the GED exam.

State police found surveillance video showing another person taking the test in the name of Dexter Smith, the Knox County school board chairman.

The issue erupted when a local newspaper reported that the online school listed on Smith's diploma is an unaccredited "diploma mill," described by the Better Business Bureau as a scam.

The Kentucky education department requires that school board members have a high school diploma or a GED. Police say Smith signed a statement declaring he met the requirements when he ran for office three years ago. He has since resigned from the board.

Vol. 35, Issue 30, Page 4

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