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Ohio auditor pushes criminal charges in Columbus school data scandal
State Auditor Yost found thousands of instances of grade changing and other data manipulation to make the district's performance look better
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Auditor David Yost released the results of Columbus schools' data-scrubbing audit this morning.
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Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he’ll be disappointed if his office’s investigation into Columbus City Schools does not result in criminal charges against school administrators.

Yost’s audit of so-called “data scrubbing” in the state’s largest public school district was especially tough on former data chief, Steve Tankovich, who resigned last year. Yost says his office found thousands of instances of grades changed from Fs to Ds, and district employees retroactively withdrawing students who performed poorly on standardized tests.

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 “This is a time for tears and sadness and anger, and I hope that those things motivate the decision-makers at the local and state level to take corrective action.”

Asked if his office interviewed former Superintendent Gene Harris, Yost said he’s “constrained” by federal laws, and that other offices are involved. The 18-month investigation covered the 2010-11 school year.

Yost found similar problems in six other school districts in the state, including Cleveland, but none of those was as extensive as Columbus.

 

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Thank you Dave Yost for finding the facts. Please continue with the prosecution, otherwise, we have lawlessness. This is a disgrace. For our city, for our schools, for Ohio. But mostly its a disgrace for the citizens and students of this area. The people deserve better! Jean Harris needs to held accountable, she was in charge and no excuses!


Posted by: B. McClellan (Reynoldsburg) on January 28, 2014 6:01AM
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