Educators in data scandal could lose licenses

The Ohio State School Superintendent wants to reduce testing.

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 Columbus Dispatch reports that 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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