Eye on Education

Finding in State Financial Audit of Columbus School District Linked to Attendance Investigation

The financial audit of the Columbus school district is separate from the state auditor’s investigation into the district’s improper manipulation of student data. But WOSU reports that a finding in the financial audit is connected to that larger investigation. In a response to the audit, the school district calls that finding the most significant one and notes that it has taken steps to “improve the accuracy of its student attendance data.”

Deep in the 250 page report from Auditor Dave Yost is a recommendation that Columbus school administrators file complaints in juvenile court when a student is often truant. Yost says the district has had a practice of calling students truant who do not meet the legal definition of truancy…

Yost says the extent of the practice of calling students truant without filing a formal court complaint will be outlined in the pending special audit. But, he declined to say when the special audit would be complete.

Read more at: wosu.org

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