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.
After voters in 2012 defeated the Columbus City Schools levy that Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman championed, Coleman proposed the creation of a cabinet-level Education Department to improve public and private education in the city.
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.
The State Board of Education has revoked the license of a former Columbus City Schools teacher found guilty of trying to coerce an undercover police officer to perform a sex act on him at a city park last year.
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.