Your Child’s Data Is Safe… They Said. #WCPSS Student Hacks Powerschool Multiple Times.

So, a student has been arrested for hacking into a Wake county school to change his grades.

The system he hacked into was Pearson’s Powerschool. And he did it SEVERAL TIMES.


— A Panther Creek High School student was arrested Wednesday in connection with a hack of the school’s computer system last fall, police said.2

Saivamsi Hanumanthu, 17, of Pilot Hill Drive in Morrisville, was charged with felony accessing government computers, felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor accessing government computers. He was released on a unsecured $15,000 bond to the custody of his parents.

Cary police began investigating unauthorized access to Panther Creek High’s computers on Oct. 13 and later determined that the system had been hacked into several times and that student grades had been changed.

Wake County school officials discovered that an email sent from one Panther Creek High teacher to another a few days before the initial hacking contained keystroke-tracking malware, according to a search warrant in the case.

The article goes on to say that Powerschool was hacked into three separate times.

I’ve noted a lot of issues with Powerschool since it was implemented both here and in other states. I’ve also noted issues with other Pearson products. Everything from the system going down to wiping out entire gradebooks, and from delayed report cards to DDOS attacks.
Now we have a high school student getting into it multiple times to change his grades.

But your child’s data is safe, they said…

Small wonder Pearson sold Powerschool last year to Vista Equities. NC went with the very pricey Powerschool because of the established relationship with Pearson, now they’ve sold it off.

As a point of interest, as an elementary parent, three years after Powerschool went live I still don’t have access to it, which is arguably a FERPA violation.

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Hey Parents, Remember the DPI Common Core Surveys?

Hey, Parents… Remember the Common Core ‘survey‘ that NC DPI put out for the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC)?

You know, the one that took HOURS to complete.

The one that was so scientific that anyone from anywhere could complete it?

The one we NEVER saw the results of?

The one which the raw data I asked for and that DPI still hasn’t handed over to me and of which DPI didn’t even present on to the ASRC?

Yeah, that one.

Well, NC DPI isn’t the only state defending Common Core by ‘zeroing out parents’  in this manner.

Take the time to read this article at TownHall. It describes almost exactly the same process NC DPI put parents through last year.  The article includes several examples, including Kentucky (first adopter of Common Core) and Louisiana.

Check this section out — nearly IDENTICAL to NC’s:

A look at instructions for Louisiana’s online review of hundreds of standards shows how parent-unfriendly big data can be. The options given for reviewers are:

1. I agree with the Standard as written. (Comments are optional.)

2. The Standard should be in a different grade level. (Grade selection is required.)

3. The Standard should be broken up into several, more specific Standards.(Suggested rewrite is required.)

4. The Standard should be rewritten. (Suggested rewrite is required.)

5. Delete this Standard. (Comments are required.)

This methodology clearly favors those in AB’s Common Core community who wish to preserve the status quo; it takes only one click to agree, and no comment is required. That lends itself to organized amen choirs. Conversely, those who think the educrats should amend or delete standards must offer extensive rewrites or commentary.

Money quote:

“I am an experienced educator and it took me two hours to comment on just one of the subject areas,” former Louisiana teacher Tiffany Guidry told The Hechinger Report for its January 18 story on the Pelican State’s review process. “They made the process so difficult that it was like you were getting penalized if you wanted to make a change to the standards.”

Well, parents in North Carolina know who to thank for this survey farce.

StuffAtkinsonSays You know who is to blame for bringing the nightmare of Common Core to our state and then defending these flawed standards like they were made of gold  — SUPT. JUNE ATKINSON.

Parents, you have CHOICES this year for Superintendent.

Anyone of these candidates would be an improvement over the the politician and long-time educrat we have now.

Of these candidates, however, only ONE has come out fighting on Common Core.  Have a look at who else is out there: A Look At The NC Superintendent Race

Related Reading: #StuffAtkinsonSays

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Not a “Top 10” That NC Should Want To Be In For Education

The Bluegrass Institute has an interesting list of how deep each state is into the federal funding trough.

The Bluegrass Institute pulls the numbers from the most recent US Census Bureau’s Public Education Finances documents.

North Carolina made the top ten. In fact, we are actually number ten. This is not good.

money trapIn an age where everyone seems to think throwing more money at education is the solution, however  history and experience have proven that’s not the case.

Federal money is often a trap with strings attached and states needs to pay attention.

In fact, there’s an argument to be made that the more money we are on the hook for to the Fed, the more they control what the state does. Also, the cost of applying for these federal dollars by the state overall often exceeds the amount received.

Here is the break out of the North Carolina numbers via the 2015 published report.

Total revenue: $12,729, 402
Federal: $1,579,889 (12.41%)
State: $7,891,977 (62%)
Local: $3,257,536 (25.59%)

Bear in mind that this report was based on 2013 information and published in 2015.

Below is a look back over the last ten years via the US Census historical data.

Remember that under Supt. Atkinson’s watch, NC took over half a billion dollars in Federal funds in 2010 — $499 million of which was in just one grant, Race To The Top. Race To The Top brought us Common Core.

The grant was actually received in 2011, which shows the biggest federal money total over the ten-year period.  Atkinson has been Superintendent since 2005; she was first elected in 2004.

Total revenue: $12,788,659
Federal: $1,831,095
State: $7,648,102
Local: $3,309,542

Total revenue: $14,409,515
Federal: $2,046,954
State: $7,488,570
Local: $4,873,991

Total revenue: $16,621,268
Federal: $1,927,843
State: $7,451,302
Local: $7,242,123

Total revenue: $15,410562
Federal: $1,376,661
State: $8,229,140
Local: $5,803,761

Total revenue: $13,610,362
Federal: $1,240,410
State: $8,009,636
Local: $4,360,280

Total revenue: $13,051,906
Federal: $1,584,934
State: $7,481,148
Local: $4,395,824

Total revenue: $11,708,667
Federal: $1,184,622
State: $6,846,954
Local: $3,677,091

Total revenue: $11,708,667
Federal: $1,184,662
State: $6,846,994
Local: $3,677,091

Total revenue: $10,567,443
Federal: $1,019,981
State: $6,115,388
Local: $3,432,074

Total revenue: $9,905,507
Federal: $888,996
State: $5,970,302
Local: $3,046,209

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