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Two Columbus Principals Recently Fired After Data Scandal File Lawsuit

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The fallout from the data manipulation scandal in the Columbus City Schools hasn’t stopped yet.

Earlier this week, the school board voted to fire two more high school principals and accept the resignation of a third.

All three were put on paid leave in January and have close ties to the alleged attendance data scrubbing that state auditor Dave Yost began investigating in Columbus and eight other districts around the state over a year ago..

As WOSU’s Steve Brown reports, the two fired on Tuesday say they were simply following orders.

Now they’re fighting back, seeking their old jobs back and $400,000 each in damages.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Principals Tiffany Chavers and Pamela Diggs have filed a lawsuit against the school board, former superintendent Gene Harris, current schools chief Dan Goode, and a host of other district administrators.

Reporter Jennifer Smith Richards writes:

In addition to the top-level administrators and board members, the suit accuses mid-level administrators called “regional executive directors” who oversaw clusters of schools. Former “REDs” Jacqueline Ralls, Susan Fossmeyer, Michael Dodds and Darryl Sanders (who now is deputy superintendent) all are named as defendants.

If Chavers’ and Diggs’ school measures didn’t improve enough after they removed students, the “REDs” urged them to manipulate more student data, the suit says.

 

Chavers and Diggs say they also plan to appeal their firings in a public hearing.

Prosecutors have not yet commented on any possible criminal charges against any former or current district employees.

 

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