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2 Parents, Ex-Coach Avoid Jail in Admissions Scandal

June 29, 2022

Two parents and a former coach will avoid jail time in the Varsity Blues admissions scandal because they cooperated with prosecutors, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A California couple who admitted to paying $600,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, were sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to complete 250 service hours. Bruce Isackson must pay a $7,500 fine, and Davina Isackson must pay a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors didn’t ask for prison time, saying their “acceptance of responsibility for their conduct was unstinting, their remorse sincere.”

Laura Janke, a former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California, was sentenced to time served and 50 hours of community service. Prosecutors credited her “extensive and valuable” cooperation in the investigation despite her “egregious” conduct. She created fake athletic profiles for some of the parents in the scandal.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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