OH attendance-fixing probes prompt new panel idea

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has created a new type of academic distress panel for school districts where an attendance-tampering investigation uncovers intentional deception.

The emergency panel would give the mayor of the largest city the district serves, instead of the local school board president, a role in picking commission members.

Sponsoring Rep. Cheryl Grossman said the measure was not aimed specifically at Columbus City Schools. However, it is the only district so far where state Auditor Dave Yost has suggested malintent.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman opposes the amendment. He says it threatens his efforts to build community support for addressing the challenges.

Grossman said data issues have touched districts around the state and fellow Republicans want another tool for fixing the problems.

Formation of the commission isn’t required.

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