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Columbus City Schools Launches Third Grade Reading Blitz

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Columbus City Schools launching Summer Reading Blitz
24, 2014

Columbus City Schools officials are going door-to-door this week. They’re urging the families of third graders who still have not passed the state’s third grade reading assessment test to enroll their students in summer school or other help sessions.

Third-Graders Improve On State Reading Exam

CCS third-graders make great improvement on state reading tests.
16, 2014

Columbus City Schools reported Monday results show 74 percent of its third-graders scored high enough on the state reading exam to be promoted to fourth grade. It’s a significant improvement from last fall’s scores.

Bus Driver Alleges Gambling On School Property

A CCS bus driver accuses some co-workers of intimidation and running a gambling operation.
June 12, 2014

Columbus City Schools is looking into allegations that some transportation department workers were involved in gambling on district property.The investigation comes after a worker called the district’s tip line.

State Widens Attendance Data Probe Of Columbus City Schools

The ODE will expand its investigation into attendance manipulation in Columbus City Schools.
4, 2014

The investigation into data manipulation of Columbus City Schools has expanded to look for more evidence of data scrubbing.

Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Near Columbus School

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12, 2014

Police say they have charged a 48-year-old man in a shooting near a Columbus elementary school that injured two people and led to a precautionary lockdown of the school.

Shooting Near Columbus Grade School Leads To Lockdown

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10, 2014

A school district spokesman says a shooting near a central Ohio elementary school led to a precautionary lockdown of the building, but no children were injured or involved in the shooting.

Columbus Schools Get Rare Clean State Audit

The annual state audit of Columbus City Schools from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's office comes as two principals are suing the district to keep their jobs after being fired for their purported role in an attendance rigging scandal.
1, 2014

An annual state audit of Columbus City Schools shows the district does not have to repay any money to anyone.

Principals Sue For Jobs, $400,000 In Damages

Tiffany Chavers, principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, and Pamela Diggs, principal at Marion Franklin High School, are scheduled to be fired after a Tuesday school board vote. They filed suit a day later.
March 20, 2014

Two Columbus principals being fired by the school board for their alleged roles in a data rigging scandal are suing to keep their jobs.

Board Votes To Fire Two Principals, Accept Resignation Of Third

Clockwise from top-left: Tiffany Chavers, principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, and Pamela Diggs, principal at Marion Franklin High School, are scheduled to be fired after a Tuesday school board vote; former Independence High School principal Christopher Qualls resigned earlier this year; Jonathan Stevens, former principal at Mifflin High School, officially resigned Tuesday.
March 19, 2014

The Columbus school board on Tuesday night voted to fire two principals and accept the resignation of a third. All three, along with another who resigned earlier this year, have close ties to the district’s data rigging scandal.

Columbus Board Votes To Close Schools

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Columbus School Board president Gary Baker and three other members listen to comments at board meeting before voting to close five schools
4, 2014

The Columbus School Board voted to close five schools at the end of the current school year. The decision will save the district money, but it was made after some tearful pleas to spare two of the schools.