Berkeley High’s Principal talks about attendance scam

Pasquale Scuderi spoke today on KQED. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Following last week’s revelation of student-generated attendance fraud at Berkeley High School, Principal Pasquale Scuderi and Quan Tran, a BHS senior and chief of service of the Associated Student Body there, were interviewed this morning by Michael Krasny on KQED’s Forum.

Thirty-two students have been suspended from Berkeley High School for breaking into the school’s attendance system and changing records, and Scuderi confirmed that two students are up for expulsion over the incident and that no criminal charges will be made.

The irregularities, which were discovered as part of an intensified focus on improving attendance at the school under the new Dean of Attendance, Daniel Roose, were discovered in late December and changes were found dating back to October.

Forum continued with a discussion with David Callahan, author of “The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead.”


Listen to the interview in the audio clip above.

Berkeleyside is a KQED News Associate.

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