Auditor Receives 2 Dozen Calls Regarding School Attendance Investigation

State Auditor Dave Yost said Friday that initial response to his school attendance investigation hotline has been strong.

Since 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, when the hotline was announced, the auditor received 24 calls, including a number of anonymous reports.

The hotline was established to provide an easy and anonymous way for Columbus City Schools employees to report information about the potential manipulation of records.

School officials said in June that staff members found inconsistencies in its data related to students who were listed as truant. Superintendent Gene Harris said that the irregularities were found in attendance reporting.

Harris said that without a report from the State Auditor's Office, there was no indication that school attendance information was manipulated in an attempt to cheat.

"The response confirms what our investigators anticipated, that a significant number of employees needed a way to communicate with us," Yost said. "If you have information to share, this is the time to say so. Pick up the phone."

The temporary Columbus City Schools Attendance Reporting Hotline number is 855-554-1555.

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