The Ohio Department of Education is taking additional steps in the data-scrubbing case involving Cincinnati Public Schools and six other districts around Ohio. The department announced Monday it will re-run Ohio Report Card information on the seven districts, which also include Winton Woods, and is referring the matter to its Office of Professional Conduct.
Auditor Dave Yost investigated the districts last year as he looked into scrubbing, or removing poor-performing students from the rolls to improve performance rankings.
The draft of a letter Ohio Auditor Dave Yost apparently plans to send to Cincinnati city officials says that they should consider using the "bulk" of the $92 million in up-front money from the parking lease agreement to help bolster the city's troubled pension system.
City council recently received a report saying the unfunded liability of the pension system had grown by another $133 million last year.
A new audit released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has identified more cases of school districts that are believed to have scrubbed data on state reports.
Four new school districts are identified in this audit: Canton City Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, Northridge Local Schools, and Winton Woods City Schools. Those districts, along with five previously named: Campbell, Cleveland, Marion, Toledo and Columbus, are thought to have fudged data to look better on state reports.