Auditor Says Attendance Altered at St. Louis School

7 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 27 2011 Sep 27, 2011 Tuesday, September 27, 2011 4:01:00 PM CDT September 27, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Missouri's auditor says it appears data was altered at a St. Louis elementary school to boost attendance figures.

The auditor said Tuesday teachers at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy were instructed to complete manual attendance forms instead of entering the information into a computerized system. Auditors say they found numerous discrepancies between manual records and the computer system.

Officials said a front office employee said in a sworn deposition that the school principal instructed changes be made to data in the computer system.

Higher enrollment and attendance might have helped the school meet progress requirements and could have allowed it to draw more public funding.

St. Louis Public Schools says the issues raised are a "grave concern." It says the audit did not find a pattern suggesting a district-wide problem.

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