Harris: Principals May Have Received Bonuses For Changing Records

A Columbus City Schools internal auditor recently told the school board that she's found evidence of school attendance data being changed outside of the normal window for adjustments.(Photo: Colubmbus City Schools)
A Columbus City Schools internal auditor recently told the school board that she's found evidence of school attendance data being changed outside of the normal window for adjustments.(Photo: Colubmbus City Schools)

Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris says some principals might have received financial bonuses by changing student attendance records to boost their state report card numbers.

Harris tells The Columbus Dispatch that schools could qualify for bonuses by improving student performance on state standardized tests. Harris said she didn’t direct the effort, nor did she know about it. She said some of her 200 principals told her in June that they were trained in how to change data by a now-reassigned official.

Columbus is one of at least three districts in the state targeted by investigations into enrollment and attendance practices.

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  • Christian_benton

    They all need to be fired. Start with Gene Harris.

    • Mtgphd

      Really? Fire all of them? Why don’t we start with people who have made impossible demands on schools and teachers so they think they have to “adjust” records. Start with George Bush’s No Child Left Behind.
      Oh, he can’t be fired. He quit.