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Columbus principals fired in data-scrubbing
Lastest casualties of the statewide scandal
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
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It’s been more than a year since the state auditor accused several Ohio school districts of changing student data to improve state report card scores. But the fallout continues, as Steve Brown of Ohio public radio station WOSU reports.

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Auditor Dave Yost said at least four Ohio districts heavily manipulated data, but he said the Columbus school district was by far the worst.

The latest job casualties came Tuesday night, when the school board voted to fire two high school principals and accept the resignation of a third. All three were put on paid leave in January and have close ties to the alleged data scrubbing.

The two fired on Tuesday vowed to fight the action and say they were only following orders. Former superintendent Gene Harris retired last year and has denied any knowledge of fudging of data, which included falsely recording students as dropouts because they were likely to perform badly on standardized tests.

Prosecutors have not commented on possible criminal charges against any former or current district employees. 

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