Wednesday, February 13 2013 10:09 PM EST2013-02-14 03:09:38 GMT
While researching EMIS data to prepare for a routine audit by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the 2012-2013 school year, officials in Winton Woods City Schools discovered some irregularitiesFull Story >
While researching EMIS data to prepare for a routine audit by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the 2012-2013 school year, officials in Winton Woods City Schools discovered some irregularities in the district's data and voluntarily reported them to ODE.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 3:30 PM EDT2013-05-25 19:30:04 GMT
A large fire is burning at a fraternity house at Miami University in Oxford. The fire struck the Fiji house at 130 East High Street around midnight, sending smoke and flames into the air.In addition toFull Story >
A large fire burned a fraternity house at Miami University in Oxford early Saturday morning. The fire struck the Fiji house at 130 East High Street around midnight, sending smoke and flames into the air.Full Story >
Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She received her medal later in the mail at her Lorton, Va., home. But she couldn't bring herself to...Full Story >
Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She received her medal later in the mail at her Lorton, Va., home. But she couldn't bring herself to wear it...Full Story >
Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.Full Story >
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, authorities said. The attacker was later identified as a...Full Story >
COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -
Ohio's state auditor says he's turned up four more school districts, including Cincinnati and Winton Woods, that removed poor-performing students from their rolls.
Auditor David Yost also identified more than 70 schools or districts with attendance reporting errors, though these didn't appear to be purposeful.
Yost has now identified nine districts in his investigation of the data withdrawal practice known as "scrubbing." The term "scrubbing" entails withdrawing students without proper
documentation or justification. Such withdrawals are referred to as "attendance
scrubbing" because they enable a school to remove or "scrub" a student's poor
attendance record. Another implication of withdrawing students is that their
educational records do not count when calculating school performance for Ohio's
accountability system—that is, their educational records are rolled up to the
state level for accountability purposes.
Yost says the state should peg school funding on year-long attendance figures to encourage attendance through the entire year.
The report includes findings for school year 2010-11.
According to the audit, Cincinnati was found to have "systemic weaknesses in the application of due process and withdrew students without court determination of truancy."
During testing, the auditor noted a pattern of students transferring from one school to another, which CPS coded as withdrawals, resulting in breaks in enrollment.
District officials told the auditor's office that they withdrawal a student when the student's parent or guardian indicates the student will be transferring to another school within the district. However, CPS enters a withdrawal date but does not enter a reason for the transfers. When the student attends the new school, the district re-enrolls the student.
CPS officials said they knew they were in non-compliance, but indicated they did not agree with the Ohio Department of Education's business rules in regards to intra-district transfers. CPS officials believe a break in enrollment is justified if the student fails to immediately attend the new school on day of transfer.
The auditor's office reviewed 369 student files from seven CPS schools - George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary, Chase Elementary, Oyler School, Quebec Heights, South Avondale, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and Virtual High School - and noted a lack of supporting documentation and withdrawal errors for 146 students. The majority of students, 98, appear to be a result of the CPS practice of breaking enrollment for intra-district transfers.
Winton Woods City School District, self-reported its findings that District Officials had identified a limited number of students whose attendance records were improperly report by its EMIS Coordinator for fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. This information was discovered by the District after conduction an internal investigation to determine the scope and frequency of suspect EMIS data adjustments discovered during a compilation and review of documents related to a public records request.
Based upon the above information, the AOS collected a sample of 30 student files from the 74 students who were retroactively withdraw. Our result indicated that there were 14 improper withdraws noted in the sample files.
The auditor's office will refer the schools with evidence of scrubbing to ODE for further
investigation and recalculation of the school report cards. AOS also will
request that ODE consider reviewing the schools with errors identified in this
report to determine whether the number or nature of errors AOS identified
requires further assessment of the school report cards by ODE. Similarly, the
schools with evidence of data scrubbing will be referred to the U.S. Department
of Education Office of the Inspector General (IG) for review. It is anticipated
that the IG will review these findings in the context of Federal law, and will
consult with the United States Attorneys for the Northern and Southern
Districts of Ohio.
The audit of attendance practices in Ohio's schools began when results of an internal audit at Columbus City Schools revealed irregular attendance and enrollment practices and similar allegations surfaced at Toledo City Schools and Lockland City Schools.
Yost previously said Campbell, Cleveland, Columbus, Marion and Toledo city schools improperly removed students. He also identified Canton and Northridge Local schools on Monday.
Several local schools were also declared 'clean,' including Mt. Healthy Junior High School, North College Hill High School, Winton Woods Elementary, Batavia Elementary, Batavia Middle, Northwest High School, Pleasant Run Middle, Taylor Elementary, Withamsville‐Tobasco Elementary and Cincinnati Leadership Academy. The Goshen Local School District, Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools and Madeira City Schools were also declared clean.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:53 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:53:40 GMT
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning. A 911 call from a womanFull Story >
K-9 officer Jason Ellis, 33, was the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >