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School Employees Involved in Attendance Scrubbing Probe Face Discipline

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The Ohio Department of Education says employees in six districts accused of fudging their attendance data will be disciplined by the department’s professional conduct office.

The Cleveland Schools are among those involved in the investigation that originally netted nine districts, the Columbus Dispatch reports.   The state’s report shows 3500 Cleveland students were improperly removed from attendance records.

State Auditor Dave Yost has been investigating districts that may have “scrubbed” their attendance data the past two years.  The practice involves removing students from the attendance rolls and tweaking enrollment data which often results in boosting a district’s overall performance on the state report card.

M.L. Schultze of our partner station WKSU reports Canton City Schools were initially flagged in the investigation, but have since been cleared of any intentional wrongdoing.

Listen to the full radio story here.

Columbus Schools, however are not off the hook.  Yost has been investigating that district separately and plans to reveal the details of his findings later this week, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Employees at school districts in Campbell, Cincinnati, Northridge, Toledo, and Winton Woods are also under scrutiny.

ODE says any employees found guilty of intentionally tampering with enrollment or attendance data could have their educator licenses suspended or revoked.

The state plans to issue new report cards for the six districts involved with the withdrawn students added back into the enrollment data for the 2010-2011 school year.

(This story was updated on 1/14/14 at 8:05 am)

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