It is not possible to earn a high school diploma through Lincoln Academy because the institution closed permanently, according to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. In August 2014, a state court issued a final judgment for the Houston-based school to close and pay restitution to former students.
The shutdown forced Lincoln Academy to end advertising, take down websites and stop accepting new students, notes the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. In addition, it was ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in compensation to its customers. The office of Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas, is handling consumer complaints and reimbursements.
Lincoln Academy's Facebook page indicated it had been in operation since 2010, according to Lisa Maria Garza for Reuters. The school was issuing a high school diploma to anyone who paid $299. To complete the program, students had access to unsupervised coursework and tests. The institution advertised it was nationally accredited and its diplomas would be accepted by colleges, employers and the U.S. military.
In 2012, an investigative news team from television station KHOU reported that Molly, an employee's basset hound, had been given a diploma after the fee was paid. With outside assistance, the dog answered test questions covering information such as the number of sides of a triangle and the name of the U.S. president's official home. Shortly afterward, Molly received her diploma and official transcript.