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Harris, Others Subpoenaed In Attendance Rigging Probe

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The subpoenas come about a week after state education officials said about 60 district educators could have their teaching licenses revoked because of the district’s attendance rigging scandal.
8:23AM
July 1, 2014

The Ohio Department of Education has subpoenaed records on former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris. It marks the first time that any investigator has publicly sought records related to Harris’ role in the district’s data-scrubbing scandal.

Some Coumbus Schools Staff Risk Loss Of Certification

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Some Columbus educators face loss of certification after academic audit of attendance and grade manipulation
12:20PM
June
25, 2014

The state says about 60 educators in Columbus city schools could lose their licenses because of the recent attendance data-scrubbing scandal.

State Widens Attendance Data Probe Of Columbus City Schools

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The ODE will expand its investigation into attendance manipulation in Columbus City Schools.
4:21PM
June
4, 2014

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

OH Education Dept.: Safeguards In Place To Prevent Test Tampering

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Ohio third graders soon will take the state reading test. Many of them risk being held back. High-stakes tests have caused some educators across the country to cheat on exams, but Ohio officials say it has safeguards to prevent it.
10:22AM
March
21, 2014

Ohio third-graders are gearing up to take a reading test that could determine whether they are promoted or held back. In some states, high-stakes testing has driven educators to do the unthinkable: cheat. WOSU reports safeguards are in place in Ohio to lessen the chance of a standardized testing scandal.

Ohio Schools May Get More Time For Tests

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As Ohio school districts cancel classes again discussion is underway to possibly delay state mandated tests.
10:14AM
February
5, 2014

As many schools canceled classes again today, Ohio education officials say they are considering giving schools more time to administer state achievement tests this spring because students have missed so many days to bad weather.

Ohio Gets 1,700 Applications For Expanded School Vouchers

8:39PM
August
10, 2013

The Ohio Department of Education says it received 1,700 applications for an expansion of a program meant to help students from under-performing public schools attend private schools.

Normal Fanfare Missing In Ohio Report Card Release

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School ranking data falls flat after attendance rigging scandal rocks many districts across the state.
1:56PM
February
27, 2013

Ohio’s latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.

Ohio Education Board OK’s Seclusion Room Policy

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A seclusion room used in a program for children with emotional disturbances in the Logan-Hocking school district has padding on the floor and in a corner.
4:35PM
January
15, 2013

Ohio schools’ now have a set of guidelines to follow when it comes to their use of seclusion rooms and restraints. The State Board of Education passed a policy regulating seclusion and restraint at their board meeting Tuesday. Seclusion rooms are small rooms used to isolate students, and restraints are when a student is held [...]

Study: Excellent Leadership Key To Success In High-Poverty Schools

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Eastmoor Academy principal Alesia Gillison said setting expectations of success for poor students is paramount to breaking the poverty cycle.
1:57PM
November
14, 2012

State education leaders say schools with high poverty rates can have excellent students. A study released Wednesday found strong leadership is key to breaking the cycle and the stereotypes.

State Releases Preliminary School Report Card Data

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Grades like this will have to wait until the attendance data investigation is complete.
3:49PM
September
26, 2012

The state has released more data on school performance, but district attendance rates, performance indexes, and overall rating were once again omitted because of the on-going attendance rigging scandal.