A Columbus principal who was forced out for manipulating data is claiming the school district targeted him for termination because he is black. Christopher Qualls is the same principal who was awarded a $3,000 bonus last week for his school’s performance in the 2011-12 school year even though he’d been accused of making illegal changes to student records in 2010-11.
The Columbus Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year union contract for more than 3,000 nonteaching employees, after a union member charged that the union’s vote to approve the contract was rigged.
A proposed contract for more than 3,000 nonteaching employees in Columbus City Schools offers no cost-of-living increases but would resume “step” pay increases based on years of service, grant a one-time $400 bonus and extend health-care benefits to same-sex partners.
Prior to becoming principal at Whetstone High School in 2012, Janet Routzong made the rounds in the district.
One person's failed attempt to master a medium could be another's means of finding himself or herself as an artist.
Very few parents have told Columbus schools that they want their children to retake high-school courses for which there’s no evidence they earned a passing grade. Columbus City Schools sent letters two weeks ago to more than 1,500 parents of students with disabilities that acknowledged it awarded passing grades without evidence that the students understood the material. In the letter, the district offered students free tutoring, online courses or summer classes to check whether they’d actually mastered the material.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good said that state law and board policy required the district to pay bonuses this week to administrators who have been implicated in the district’s data-rigging scandal. Although it was legally the correct thing to do, “I knew in the court of public opinion that this would be problematic,” Good said yesterday.
In January, Superintendent Dan Good suspended Principal Christopher Qualls with the intent to fire him, saying he tampered with attendance data during the 2010-11 school year. Yesterday, Good and the school board for Columbus City Schools gave Qualls a $3,000 bonus for achievement gains at Independence High School during the 2011-12 school year — a period that was never examined for data-scrubbing by the state auditor or the district’s internal auditor.
Saying he was concerned with discrepancies in a pre-sentencing report, a judge postponed sentencing this morning for the man who formerly led Columbus schools data operation. Stephen B. Tankovich, 67, pleaded no contest to attempted tampering with government records in July and a judge convicted him.
Concerned that a fire could destroy thousands of personnel records that are on paper, Columbus City Schools will spend up to $161,200 over the next four years to make digital copies. Records for 11,000 former district employees who left their jobs before 2011 have been taken to an off-site location for copying, Victoria Frye, the interim director of employment and staffing, told the district’s audit committee during a meeting yesterday afternoon.
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