Former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris was sentenced to one year's probation, 100 hours of community service and fined 750 dollars yesterday after pleading no contest to a dereliction of duty charge as part of the district's attendance data-fixing scandal.
Former Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris will plead no contest on Wednesday to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of dereliction of duty, in connection with the district's attendance data-fixing scandal.
The Ohio Department of Education has recalculated report cards for 20 schools in the Columbus district, as well as schools in four other districts, after correcting for errors resulting from improper data tampering.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Education have subpoenaed the records of former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris and 60 current and former district officials as part of an investigation of the district's attendance data rigging scandal.
The Ohio Department of Education is giving 60 principals, assistant principals and other Columbus City Schools administrators a chance to give up their teaching licenses voluntarily or face a costly process to have them revoked.
In his official report on the data scrubbing scandal in Columbus City Schools, State auditor David Yost says the district deliberately - and possibly criminally - changed grades, erased absences, and manipulated enrollment figures in order to make the district look better.