As news that at least three Ohio school districts, Columbus, Toledo and Lockwood, are being investigated for manipulating student attendance records in order to boost their report card ranking, the State Superintendent, Stan Heffner, began issuing threats.
State auditors will scrutinize every school district, charter school and the department, said Carrie Bartunek, spokeswoman for state Auditor Dave Yost.
“In short, it appears that attendance report rigging is not a localized problem with Columbus Public Schools, but that it may be more systemic — and that raises the question of what role ODE played during the time that false reports were made by multiple schools,” Yost said in letter to Debe Terhar, president of the State Board of Education. Terhar didn’t respond to calls or an email seeking comment.
ODE has long been criticized for its poor oversight ability, famously for failing to properly oversee charter schools it was sponsoring. Now it is being alleged that it has failed to oversee school report card data - the very piece at the center of the Governor's corporate education plans.
Stan Heffner was quoted as saying
Right now, lots of people are looking bad, with few knowing the truth. It has been proven repeatedly that with corporate education reform policies and the high stakes attached to them, comes corporate type behaviors. Worse than that however, one educated commenter points out
Ohio's efforts to created "Accountability" has instead created an unfair mess. As Greg Mild at Plunderbund notes, This is going to be big, folks. Real big.