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New York High School Investigating Alleged SAT Cheating Ring

NEW YORK -- A group of students at a prestigious New York high school was being eyed in a college test cheating ring, the New York Post reported Monday.

The teens, seniors at John L. Miller Great Neck North High School on Long Island, allegedly tried to improve their college prospects by hiring a third party to take their SAT exams, sources said.

A school board source confirmed that the district was investigating the alleged cheaters.

"There are hearings taking place right now that are ongoing," the source said. "I know that the superintendent is talking to various people, including the principal and other administrators, to get to the bottom of what's going on. I know that they are looking into several students."

Among those under investigation, sources said, were two brothers -- one a senior and the other already in college. The senior did not return several calls seeking comment, and relatives at his home also declined comment.

Sources said that the boy hired someone from a top Midwestern university to take his SATs for him.

Principal Bernard Kaplan declined to comment on the matter, and Superintendent Tom Dolan said that policy prevented him from discussing any disciplinary issues involving students.

The high school consistently ranks among the best in the country.

"Everyone knows about [the allegations of cheating]," said a female senior. "You get the feeling that it's widespread -- and not just here in Great Neck."

The scandal marked the second black eye in recent days for the school, which counts Francis Ford Coppola, designer Kenneth Cole and Olympic figure skating champ Sarah Hughes as alumni. Last week, three grads were busted for allegedly robbing a drug dealer.

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