UPDATE: Court Rules School District Chief Can't Be Sued

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 6/27/2014 2:30 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state appeals court says the former Columbus city schools superintendent can't be sued in the recent attendance data-scrubbing scandal.

A state appeals court on Thursday sided with former superintendent Gene Harris. The court agrees that Harris can't be held liable in civil court for administrators changing attendance numbers to manipulate the schools' performance ratings.

The parent of a student at Medina Middle School sued the school board, Harris and other administrators in November 2012. He claimed that district employees making changes to student data harmed his son because making the school appear better deprived kids of the help afforded for failing schools.

The court ruled that Harris was immune in her official capacity.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says about 60 educators in Columbus city schools could lose their licenses because of the recent attendance data-scrubbing scandal.

An Ohio Department of Education spokeswoman says the agency sent letters in two batches to educators this month alerting them that they are being investigated. The letters offer them a chance to give up their state licenses to end the investigation.

The 60 are probably principals, assistant principals and other administrators in Ohio's largest school district. It's unlikely that teachers are among them because they haven't been implicated in improperly altering data to manipulate the school's performance ratings.

New state report cards are being issued for the Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo districts for 2011-12 because an investigation found data scrubbing.

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