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$25K-Mo. Cols. Schools Administrator Contract Pulled From Agenda

Columbus City Schools will postpone hiring a retail executive to help revamp its human resources and communications departments.
February 2, 2015

After the data rigging scandal, new Columbus City Schools leaders promised changes that would restore accountability to and restructure operations in the district. The school board was set to vote, Tuesday, to hire an administrator who would assist in the revamp of its human resources and communications departments, but that has been postponed.

Four Columbus High Schools On Lockdown

Northland, Whetstone, Linden-McKinley, and Mifflin High Schools were all placed on lockdown Wednesday.
January 21, 2015

A district spokeswoman says the lockdown came after “a threat.” Several media outlets say the lockdown was intended to prevent any potential gang violence after a 16-year-old boy was murdered Tuesday night.

Former Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris Avoids Jail Time

Former Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris (right) was sentenced in Municipal Court on charge dereliction of duty, Wednesday.
January 14, 2015

Former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris is forfeiting her teaching license and her superintendent’s certificate, but will avoid jail time for her role in the district’s data scrubbing scandal.

Former Columbus Schools Chief Faces Charge Linked To Data Scandal

Former Columbus superintendent Gene Harris is scheduled to appear in municipal court on a misdemeanor charge of 'dereliction of duty.'
January 12, 2015

The former top admininstrator of the Columbus City Schools, Gene Harris, faces possible jail time for alleged dereliction of duty. The charge is linked to a data-rigging scandal in Columbus that surfaced more than two years ago.

Former Superintendent Harris To Face Charge In Attendance Scandal

Harris has repeatedly denied any knowledge of what Ohio's auditor calls a plan to retroactively withdraw and re-enroll student to keep their standardized test scores from factoring into district report card scores.
January 12, 2015

A prosecutor says former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris will be charged with dereliction of duty in connection with the district’s attendance data-scrubbing scandal.

Parent Trigger ‘Pilot Project’ In Columbus Has No Takers

Trevitt Elementary
Trevitt Elementary school in the King Lincoln Neighborhood is one of 20 Columbus City Schools eligible for parent intervention.
16, 2014

Improving low performing public schools is a problem that has troubled educators and parents for decades. This year, Ohio is trying a new tactic, allowing for parents to take over a troubled school.

Former School Data Czar Receives Jail Time

Former Columbus City Schools data czar Stephen B. Tankovich (right) was sentenced to 15 days in jail for his part in the CCS data scandal.
December 11, 2014

Former Columbus City Schools data czar Stephen B. Tankovich has received jail time for his role in the data scrubbing scandal.

Columbus School District Says Teachers Must Repay Bonuses

School Books Stacked
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11, 2014

The Columbus school district says hundreds of teachers and other employees must repay bonuses totaling about $400,000 because they qualified for rewards only after administrators manipulated attendance data affecting school report cards.

Columbus Superintendent Wants Bonuses Returned To District

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October 9, 2014

Columbus City Schools is asking hundreds of staff members to return bonuses that the district says were based on rigged data.

Columbus School Board Tightens Rules On Grade Changes

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September 3, 2014

The change comes after the data rigging scandal that led to several principals being fired or resigning.