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Columbus City School Board Passes Whistleblower Policy

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Columbus City Schools Board of Education passed a whistleblower policy Tuesday night.
11:21PM
January 22, 2013

Columbus City Schools joins other school districts recently to pass a whistleblower policy amid allegations of attendance manipulation.

Columbus, Urban Schools: State Data System Riddled with Problems

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Columbus City Schools and eight other urban districts claim state date system is filled with deficiencies.
11:09AM
September 26, 2012

Ohio’s “Big 8″ urban school districts say administration of a state computer system at the center of a statewide attendance-tampering investigation is riddled with deficiencies.

State To Release More Data, Attendance Records Still Delayed

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A district auditor told the Columbus City Schools Board of Education that she found at least two instances of Columbus high schools changing attendance data outside of the normal window for adjustments.
9:00AM
September
26, 2012

State report card scores have been delayed as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost continues to investigate whether districts retroactively changed attendance records to boost state report card scores.

Columbus Schools Superintendent Gene Harris To Retire

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Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris says she'll retire.
10:29AM
September 20, 2012

Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris will retire at the end of the current school year.

Yost: Probe Continues, Will Give Priority To Districts With Levies

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A district auditor told the Columbus City Schools board that she found two instances of Columbus high schools changing attendance data outside of the normal window for adjustments.
8:57AM
September
10, 2012

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office continues to investigate whether Columbus City Schools or any other Ohio school districts wrongfully changed attendance data to boost state report card ratings.

Columbus City Schools Superintendent: Did Not Order Data Rigging

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Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris would not say whether she will resign if a state investigation reveals attendance data fraud.
5:00AM
August 8, 2012

The investigation continues into whether Columbus City School administrators changed attendance data. The district’s superintendent maintains she knew nothing of the alleged rigging. WOSU sat down with Harris prior to last night’s school board meeting to discuss the district’s – and the superintendent’s – future.

Harris: Principals May Have Received Bonuses For Changing Records

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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.
8:48AM
August 7, 2012

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.

New Allegations In Columbus City Schools Data Rigging

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Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris is accused of interfering in a 2004 internal audit.
12:00PM
August 3, 2012

A former Columbus City Schools auditor alleges the superintendent interfered during a student attendance probe in 2004.

Pollution Fine Helps Fund Columbus Science Classes

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U.S. Attorney, Carter Stewart, (center next to podium) presents check from anti-pollution settlement to Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris and others at Grange Audubon Center on Whittier Peninsula.
1:35PM
December
13, 2011

A federal court settlement in a pollution case against a Columbus factory will allow Columbus elementary school students to get hands-on science instruction. Students in ten southside elementary schools next year will be taking some classes at the new Metroparks Scioto Peninsula Audubon Center.

Columbus Public Schools Emerge From Academic Emergency

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August
15, 2003

The Columbus Public Schools have emerged from academic emergency – the state’s lowest classification for school district performance.