Ohio auditor set to detail Columbus schools probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's largest school district is preparing to respond to findings of a state auditor's investigation into allegations its employees manipulated attendance data.

Auditor Dave Yost is scheduled to release his findings on the Columbus city schools Tuesday.

District employees have been accused of altering attendance records for struggling students to improve performance ratings, which can be used to determine government funding and employee bonuses. The practice is called scrubbing.

The investigation in Columbus has been joined by federal authorities. Yost's spokeswoman said Tuesday's event will only include the auditor.

Yost's review of Columbus was spun from a broader review he conducted last year that identified more than 70 Ohio schools or districts that made attendance reporting errors and a handful that scrubbed.

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