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Kasich Adviser Selected As New Ohio Schools Chief

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Richard Ross
11:24AM
March
12, 2013

Ohio’s state school board has picked a top education adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich as the new superintendent of public instruction.

Attendance ‘Scrubbing’ Tempts Low-Ranked Schools

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School administrators around the country fall victim to the temptation of changing student data to achieve better performance grades.
1:48PM
February
21, 2013

When it involves fixing data, it’s called “scrubbing.” And it’s rife with temptations: rosier district report cards, added funding and sometimes employee bonuses when performance improves.

Ohio Auditor: 4 Other Schools ‘Scrubbed’ Students

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State Auditor Dave Yost says he's turned up four more cases of date scrubbing in Ohio schools.
2:44PM
February
11, 2013

Ohio’s state auditor says he’s turned up four more school districts that removed poor-performing students from their rolls.

Ohio School Audit Release Set For Feb. 11

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State auditor set to release results of attendance rigging investigation Feb. 11th
8:27PM
January 26, 2013

A statewide audit following evidence of manipulation of attendance reporting in some Ohio school districts is set for release Feb. 11.

The Year of Education Reform

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8:03AM
December
27, 2012

2012 brought new evaluations for Ohio teachers, new reports cards for schools, and new testing for some students. More change could lie ahead.

State School Board Continues Debate On Seclusion Rooms

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A seclusion room at Beatty Park Elementary School in Columbus has a peephole in the door.
7:47AM
December
10, 2012

An investigation by Ohio public radio stations and the Columbus Dispatch showed the state does not have any policy regarding the use of seclusion rooms in schools, and many school misuse or overuse the rooms.

Former Schools Resource Officer Stays In Jail On Sex Charges

10:33AM
October
5, 2012

A judge has ordered a former central Ohio school resource officer to stay in jail while awaiting trial on charges that he coerced sexual behavior from two teens at the high school where he worked.

Columbus School Leaders Deny Wrongdoing

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Columbus City Schools
8:43AM
October 5, 2012

Columbus City Schools attorney Buzz Trafford said school officials only had a few hours to go through the State Auditors interim report. But they took exception to much of what they read.

State To Release Preliminary Data, Further Delay Report Cards

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Ohio Auditor David Yost's office says the investigation into whether districts altered attendance records to boost report card rankings will likely stretch into next year.
7:26AM
September
12, 2012

After weeks of delay, the State Board of Education has decided to release preliminary report card data on school districts and buildings. But even that incomplete data won’t be public until the end of the month and will not contain many of the hallmark rankings.

Locked Away: The “Mainstreaming” Of Ohio Schools

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Brandy Spencer wanted a normal education for her son Brendon, who suffers from ADHD, Asperger's, and mood disorders.
6:30AM
August
7, 2012

On Monday, we told you about the unregulated use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools. The use of the special rooms to isolate students for behavioral problems is in some ways an outgrowth of a longstanding movement to integrate special needs students into “regular” school.