State To Detail Columbus Schools 'Data Scrubbing' Investigation Next Week
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost will soon announce the findings of an investigation into Columbus City Schools.
Yost will release his findings on Tuesday, January 28.
The Auditor's office has been looking into allegations of attendance data "scrubbing" and grade changes in Columbus.
Columbus City Schools has been the bullseye for more than a year and a half.
The state auditor has served search warrants, seized evidence and interviewed employees during an extensive probe. It started because of a Dispatch article. It said the district was manipulating data: removing students and re-enrolling them to look better on state score cards.
Proving that would not come without a battle. At first, the district publicly protested.
Then, 10 Investigates uncovered an email that showed the auditor suspected district officials had committed crimes. It said "there's a strong likelihood that the district employees will be referred for criminal prosecution." At the same time, a top attorney for the auditor claimed district officials were bullying district employees who were talking to the auditor.
"When I see a witness talk to an investigator and then call the next day crying because they're going to lose their job because they were talked to by someone in the administration, that gives cause for concern."
The next bombshell happened when investigators turned up records that showed the district manipulated grades--by changing computer records.
10 Investigates uncovered independent evidence that showed district officials appear to have switched the grades from Fs for failing to Ds for passing. Something that made the district appear to be performing much better than it really it was.
The news conference can be seen live at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday on 10tv.com.