Ohio auditor to release early attendance findings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- State Auditor Dave Yost says he's completed the first phase of an investigation into potentially irregular attendance and enrollment practices at Ohio school districts.

Yost scheduled a news conference Thursday to share results of the first phase of his statewide audit. That includes data collected from a sampling of more than 100 school buildings that experienced high withdrawal rates -- or about 3 percent of Ohio's 3,688 public schools.

The Republican auditor wants to determine whether schools removed poor-performing students from their books as a way to improve performance ratings that affect government payments and employee bonuses.

The probe was launched after unusual practices were discovered in Columbus, Toledo and suburban Cincinnati districts.