The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has found that three Freehold Regional High School District administrators who attained advanced degrees from a purported “diploma mill” did not intend to deceive the district.
Superintendent James Wasser, Assistant Superintendent Donna Evangelista and recently retired Assistant Superintendent Frank Tanzini earned degrees from Breyer State University, an unaccredited school. The degrees made the three eligible for raises of $2,500 per year.
The NJDOE stopped short of requiring state school systems to toughen their standards for staff professional development. “It is wrong for people to use diploma mill degrees to increase their salaries,” Education Commissioner Lucille Davy told the Associated Press. “But I don’t have the authority to stop them.”