Capital High seniors suspended for cheating

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:00 pm

About 20 Capital High seniors got access to a teacher’s computer password and used it to change their test and course grades through an online learning program.

The program is used by students who fall behind in course work to earn credits needed for graduation.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 3:14 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 680

    Good points, Steve.

    If IPads increased educational opportunities AND decreased potential deadly violence by school-age individuals, then one would think that everyone in the country would want to contribute an IPad towards education.

    Of course, to follow through with the proposition, the use of backpacks by students would need to be banned altogether. Hypothetically speaking, would this require legislation, an actual vote by taxpayers or just another act by the Santa Fe School Board's "Gang of Four?"

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:29 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 2038

    An iPad can be loaded with electronic versions of the student's textbooks, and the WiFi, camera and browsing functions can be set to only work using the school's network.

    A side effect of this would be that a big backpack, potentially filled with weapons, won't be required by the students anymore.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:57 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 680

    Years? Decades! And now, we will underwrite the the cost privatized instruction from Florida along with "free" computers for the schools and "free" IPads to help make students' lives easier, whether used for studying or not.

    The real pity is that if the little darlings are expelled or somehow shamed into dropping out (doubt it), the same Santa Fe "Gang of Four" plus their Bush-y friends move them to the top of the IPad list.

    Go figure.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:40 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    I apologize for commenting at the wrong story, and for not realizing it till much later. Thank you Mark O. and Steve S. for responding appropriately nonetheless.

  • Kathleen Tari posted at 9:08 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    kamkat Posts: 7

    Did I get this right?
    Kids cheat.
    All teachers lose computers.
    Principal Wilson-Segura calls it a "teachable moment."
    In the future all kids will get personal computers.
    Principal Wilson-Segura say the kids know more than the staff and makes no mention of professional development.
    Everything copacetic. Kids screw up. Teachers punished.

    STOP BLAMING TEACHERS, please. Kathy Tari

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 4:45 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 554

    Maybe they were trying out for NSA or CIA jobs. [tongue_smile]

  • Steve Salazar posted at 1:44 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 2038

    It was the union.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 1:40 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Joe Montoya Posts: 1

    At what point does SFPS admin(Boyd) see a pattern? Everytime Capital has made the headlines, it is for breaking rules and cheating. Coaches in football and basketball, and now students. The line that I always read is that "Michael Lovato oversees the program". Michael Lovato oversees athletics(ineligible players in football and soccer, and basketball coaches illegally videotaping). Michael Lovato oversees E2020(20 kids cheating). Really? Michael Lovato may be the problem. His administrative skills leave much to be desired. He is running Capital into the ground. He thinks he has all the answers, but in reality, his lack of oversight is destroying Capital. Maybe, just maybe, if he spent more time being an assistant principal, and less time trying to be a wannabe athletic director, this could have been avoided. What exactly is the principal in charge of? She and Boyd need to reel in Lovato before the reputation of the school is wrecked.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:27 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1165

    Wrong comment section Mr. Shackleford BUT to acquire that info, one may need to make a Public Records request which anymore are less successful than having a cop NOT kill you.
    I remember that, APD paying bonuses for killing citizens.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:50 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    What is APD's current policy for handling officers who shoot in these situations? Do they still get an immediate check for $500 and paid time off until the investigation is complete? What are the post-shooting incentives that would encourage an officer (or two or three) to eagerly participate and thereby create special compensation for himself? Would a reporter here please look into it and let us know? Thank you.

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 12:32 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 595

    Excellent points Henry, I couldn't agree with you more. The leniency show to these students is ridiculous. Where is the personal responsibility? Where are the repercussions for their actions? At the very least, they should not be allowed to graduate with their class this summer and forced to repeat the semester (if not the entire year) all over again in the fall...That would send a message.

    20 kids cheating is a lot. I'm not sure what the size of the senior class is, but I would not be surprised if these 20 kids made up as much as 10 to 20% of the senior class...I can't help but wonder if this "Educational Moment" has more to do with maintaining or even artificially inflating our already dismal graduation rates rather than teaching these kids a lesson.

    By allowing these kids to get off so easy, Capital isn't doing us or them any of any favors. The school is compromising its academic integrity and sending out another 20 kids into the world without the character or academic skills required to succeed in this life.

  • Henry Joseph posted at 11:21 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    jato123 Posts: 9

    As a graduate of TC (Ms. Phillips knows what that is) in curriculum development with a specialty etc., and 25+ yrs of classroom experience behind me…within a significant urban environment…I strongly disagree with the misplace leniency attended to the act of fraud and theft. The "in house" measures taken should have stressed ACCOUNTABILITY rather than the trite rendering of an "Educational Moment." Additionally, the measure of this moment applied equally to a singular offender as well as to the multiple offender. Obviously, there was no lack of computer skills involved. These are well educated youngster who are laughing in the face of accountability.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:15 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 2038

    Before David Lightman taught the computer that global thermonuclear war was futile, he changed Jennifer Mack's grade. Don't treat them too harshly, they may save the world someday.

  • Andrew Lucero posted at 10:38 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 595

    I don't believe this is an isolated incident. It has probably been going on for years. This was just the first time anyone was caught.....But this does explain a lot. In my professional dealings with a lot of Capital and Santa Fe High grads, I have often wondered how many of them could have ever been awarded a high school diploma when they could not even string together a coherent sentence or even do basic math.


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