Columbus Principal Resigns Following Attendance Scandal


UPDATED: Tuesday March 4, 2014 11:12 PM

10TV has learned one of four Columbus city schools principals facing termination because an attendance scandal submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday.

Christopher Qualls, principal at Independence High School, has resigned.

The school board accepted his resignation Tuesday night.

The action comes after Columbus School officials recommended that four principals be fired over the investigation. They are Tiffany Chavers (Linden-McKinley STEM Academy), Christopher Qualls (Independence HS), Jonathan Stevens (Mifflin High School) and Pamela Diggs (Marion-Franklin High School).

The Auditor's office was looking into allegations its employees manipulated attendance data. District employees have been accused of altering attendance records for struggling students to improve performance ratings, which can be used to determine government funding and employee bonuses. The practice is called scrubbing.

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