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September 18, 2012 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm #326758
Columbus Schools Face Lawsuit Over Planned Renovation Project
Columbus City Schools is facing a $41 million lawsuit over its renovation project at Indianola Middle School.
Watchdog 10 obtained a copy of the 19-page lawsuit that was filed late last week.
Among other items, it includes claims that one district executive made a racial comment.
The fight is over a $26 million project at Indianola Middle School.
The district terminated the architect. Now, he and his firm are suing the district, Superintendent Gene Harris, and other top school officials.September 18, 2012 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm #326759September 21, 2012 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #326760
Mayor Coleman To Seek Local, National Experts To Improve Columbus City School District
Friday September 21, 2012 11:05 AM
Mayor Michael Coleman announced his plan to include the community and national experts to improve the Columbus City School District. Coleman made the announcement at Columbus City Hall on Friday morning, one day after Columbus Schools Superintendent Gene Harris announced her retirement for the end of the school year. Coleman said that he has been working closely with Harris throughout her 11-year tenure as superintendent.
READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/09/21/columbus-mayor-coleman-annoucement-columbus-city-schools.htmlSeptember 25, 2012 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #326761September 26, 2012 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm #326762
Columbus, Urban Schools: State Data System Riddled with Problems
September 26, 2012
by Julie Carr Smyth
Associated Press Reporter
Ohio’s “Big 8″ urban school districts say administration of a state computer system at the center of a statewide attendance-tampering investigation is riddled with deficiencies.
READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/09/26/columbus-urban-schools-state-data-system-riddled-with-problems/October 4, 2012 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm #326763
Yost: Ten Columbus Middle Schools Showed Evidence Of Scrubbing
October 4, 2012
by WOSU News Staff
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says state auditors have found evidence of attendance data “scrubbing” in ten Columbus middle schools. Yost today released the preliminary audit into attendance record-keeping practices at 75 Ohio districts. The investigation follows revelations that several Ohio districts may have withdrawn poorly-performing students, then re-enrolled them.
READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/10/04/yost-ten-columbus-middle-schools-showed-evidence-of-scrubbing/October 7, 2012 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #326764
And Suddenly … You mean data scrubbing is wrong? lol
Columbus City Schools leaders shifted last week from saying they don’t know whether administrators were changing attendance records. Their new position: They were changing records, and they thought it was OK.
The pivot came hours after the state auditor delivered a critical interim report of his investigation’s findings, saying 10 Columbus schools showed evidence of “scrubbing,” or unlawfully changing records.October 17, 2012 7:38 pm at 7:38 pm #326765
Additional Preliminary District and School Report Card Data Released
Additional preliminary district, traditional school, community school, and STEM school results on Ohio’s 2011-2012 state tests and several related measures were released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Education. The updated spreadsheet includes preliminary district/school ratings, performance index and attendance rate information.
Spreadsheets containing preliminary results can be found by clicking here.
READ MORE: http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=1&ContentID=131230October 20, 2012 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #326766October 24, 2012 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm #326767
47 School Districts Cleared In Data-Tampering Probe
By: Associated Press | NBC4
Published: October 23, 2012
State Auditor Dave Yost says no additional irregularities in attendance and enrollment practices have been found in the second round of his statewide data-tampering probe. Yost’s office reviewed 81 buildings in a sampling of 47 districts with fall levy questions and found no evidence that any had scrubbed the rolls.
READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/oct/23/3/no-new-scrubbing-second-report-school-data-probe-ar-1215051/October 25, 2012 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #326768
ACLU asks Ohio Department of Education to Phase Out Seclusion Rooms in Three Years
CLEVELAND –The ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) yesterday, asking for a better, more proactive policy regarding the problem of seclusion rooms in Ohio Schools.
“As recent media coverage has shown, Ohio schools currently have little, if any, oversight on the use of seclusion rooms,” said Policy Director Shakyra Diaz. “Drafting a policy is the first step, but to be effective, this policy must set clear goals to end the use of seclusion rooms in favor of a better system.”
“In the meantime ODE must also provide clear rules and data collection requirements to govern the practice of seclusion,” added Diaz. “These rules should be consistent for all schools and mindful of a student’s fundamental right to bodily integrity and human dignity.”
The ACLU letter outlines ten key provisions currently absent from the ODE draft policy. First among them is a provision holding charter schools to the same rules and standards as any other school.
The letter also requests mandatory post-seclusion debriefings between school personnel and parents/guardians, as well as mandatory data collection on the frequency of seclusion room usage, the reason for seclusion, and the students affected by the practice.
“There are much better methods than seclusion for student intervention, and schools should be making the transition to those methods,” said Diaz. “However, that transition will take time and training; in the meantime schools must at least keep parents informed. They should also be collecting detailed data on their usage of seclusion rooms and that data should be accessible to the public.”
“A consistently applied policy that combines data collection with training and parental inclusion could make a real difference for Ohio children,” added Diaz. “Unfortunately, we’re not there yet.”October 26, 2012 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #326769
FBI joins probe of schools’ records
The FBI has launched its own investigation into the data-scrubbing probe that began with Columbus City Schools and has spread statewide. A source within the FBI told The Dispatch that the bureau will work with the Ohio auditor’s office and other agencies to determine whether money was misappropriated as a result of the data scrubbing. Additionally, the source said, the FBI will investigate whether fraud was committed.November 9, 2012 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #326770
Posted on November 8, 2012
by Melissa Dilley
Columbus City Schools instituted some high-reaching goals in recent years. The district wants to boost its graduation rate from 77 percent to 90 in the near future. And once that nasty AttendanceGate scandal is sorted out, the district’s future plans include shedding the state’s “Continuous Improvement” report-card rating with the help of higher standardized test scores. It all might even seem aspirational—if classes weren’t half-empty.
READ MORE: http://www.theotherpaper.com/news/article_0c1c372c-29d5-11e2-95f8-0019bb2963f4.htmlNovember 9, 2012 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #326771
Does CCS still have PEAK? I made a few visits there in my day and turned out fine.November 9, 2012 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #326772
Luce Cannon MimsMember
In-school suspension still goes by that PEAK acronym. I feel like I read in the article that it’s used only one-third as much as out-of-school suspensions:
“The need for a new remedy is evidenced by the stats reported from the 2010-11 school year, which show Columbus issued 3,686 detentions and time-outs, and 5,021 in-school suspensions—about a third of the number of out-of-school disciplinary actions taken.”
Which would be awful. It’s more common to kick a first-grader out of school than to put the kid in time-out? Wow.
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