Friday, September 19, 2008
Wylie city councilman resigns teaching post over diploma dispute
Merrill Young received his "diploma" from Concordia College, a noted "diploma mill."
Young read the following statement at last week's Wylie City Council meeting:
“The Wylie Independent School District has been informed by the Texas Education Agency that my teaching certificate will no longer be valid due to accreditation questions about the university that awarded my diploma. I began the school year in a non-teaching role, and I plan to continue working through a university that is recognized as accredited by the Texas Education Agency to re-establish my teaching credentials.”
According to the Wylie News, Young claimed to have graduated from Concordia College in 1972. The Wylie News reported that, "According to the Washington State attorney general, Young paid $100 to Concordia College and University for a bachelor of business administration degree in business."
Concordia College is a "diploma mill" offering degrees with no classwork or tests.
Young's name appeared in a list of diploma mill graduates published by the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
According to the Wylie News article, Young began teaching at WISD in 2003 with a probationary teaching certificate, He was certified as a P.E. teacher in 2004 and as a science teacher in 2005. While he has resigned his teaching position, Young remains employed by WISD as an instructional special education aide at Cooper Junior High School.
Texas law calls using a fraudulent degree to obtain a certificate fraud and classifies it as a class B misdemeanor.
According to the Wylie News, Young stated that he has no intention of stepping down from his council seat and that he is planning a run for a 5th term in 2009.
Several citizens are expected to speak at the next city council meeting to demand his resignation.
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