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Auditor’s Office To Start Billing Columbus Schools For Special Audit


UPDATED: Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:23 PM

Taxpayers will pay for a special audit into alleged attendance and grade tampering at the Columbus City School District.

The investigation, spearheaded by State Auditor Dave Yost, is not over and likely will cost more.

Yost confirmed to Watchdog 10 on Wednesday that his office plans to start billing the Columbus City School District for a special audit that now is under way.

“Up until now, the entire audit has been paid for through the Ohio Department of Education,” Yost said.

Yost said that his office has billed the department of education more than $400,000 for the statewide investigation.

The initial statewide investigation found problems with data reporting in five Ohio school districts, including Columbus.

“We had to sever Columbus public schools because of the criminal nature of a couple of the things that are going on as well as the addition of the grade-changing element, which hadn’t been there before,” Yost told Watchdog 10.

Yost said that the audit into the other school districts is slated to wrap up by the end of the year, but Yost said that there still is more digging to do with the Columbus City School District.

Investigators have said that students have disappeared from attendance roles and grades have been changed from Fs to Ds.

Yost said that it will begin charging the district $41 per hour per investigator beginning immediately.

It has been reported that the district has plans to spend an additional $275,000 for legal counsel.

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Previous Stories:
November 30, 2012: Columbus Parent Files Lawsuit Against Schools Over 'Data Scrubbing' Investigation
November 13, 2012: State Auditor To Recommend Criminal Charges Against Columbus City School District
October 18, 2012:
Columbus Schools Releases Documents That Led To Attendance Reporting Investigation
October 4, 2012:
Columbus Schools Attendance Policy Among 5 Questioned
September 10, 2012:
School Attendance Scandal Costing Taxpayers Thousands
September 10, 2012: Au
ditor: Probe Not Affected By Report Card Release
August 10, 2012:
Auditor Receives 2 Dozen Calls Regarding School Attendance Investigation
August 9, 2012:
Hotline Established For Columbus School Employees To Report Attendance Record Manipulation
August 7, 2012: S
uperintendent: District Did Not Manipulate Data To ‘Cheat
June 15, 2012: C
olumbus Schools Putting Microscope To Attendance Reporting; Inconsistencies Found

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