Cutting Class, With the School's Help

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Via the Globe & Mail: it used to be that when you wanted to cut class, you’d have to get a friend to sign you into class, or you’d have to beat your parents home to delete any incriminating messages on the answering machine. But those methods are bush league compared to a recent California initiative. United Press International reports that 50 high school students were caught colluding with a school administrator in an attendance scam:

By paying for an administrative password to attendance software called PowerSchool, Berkeley High School students were able to manipulate attendance data. The scheme allowed for students to skip classes without their parents being informed — until spring break began April 2 and administrators discovered the breach.

Four students were reportedly the leaders of the scheme and sold the software passwords to their peers. All students involved in the scam have been suspended.


Cody Gil

It is ironic that they were suspended.

Voice of Reason

I've never understood why schools keep doing that. If anything, it should be in school suspension or detention.


I' m presenting the following question with the knowledge that public school funding is partially determined by attendance.

Does policing students' attendance improve academic performance, given that there is already a natural conseqence, low grades, for poor attendance?

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As I understand it, California no longer bases funding on attendance. They used to, and schools are still required to keep the records that were used for this purposes, but it no longer actually affects their budget.

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To clarify: funding is now based on enrollment, not the number of days that each enrolled student actually shows up for class.


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Ian M

I was a little slow on the uptake. I giggled like a school girl when I got it. haha

Skip Montanaro

I don't see anywhere in the UPI article which suggests a "school administrator" was involved. If that was the case, I would home that person was fired.

Joe Dokes

You're summary of the article is inaccurate. The students used and administrative password in order to change the attendance. There was no mention of collusion by administrators in the deception. Chances are the administrative password was guessed or stolen by a student.

If you have information that an administrator actually colluded with the students, that would indeed be an interesting story.


Joe Dokes


Yes, but when the administrator uses "12345" as the password, that's essentially the same as colluding.

John Sullivan

I'm pretty sharp, and the photo was a dead give-away that something was not right.


Honestly, software isn't going to do anything to improve the integrity of schools. We need to start actually making our schools worth our kids time!


Wow. What a waste of education. :( Funds for education in the states are getting pushed through the drain because of these administrators. It is their job to discipline and make the kids follow rules not the other way around. The government but mainly the school districts should be doing something about this. But then again it only reflects the average american's need for money.

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