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Legislation focuses on troubled Columbus schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a measure aimed at boosting accountability and results in the Columbus public schools.

The bill known as the "Columbus School Plan" was approved Wednesday in a 79-15 House vote.

It would authorize a ballot issue on the creation of an independent auditor's office for the Columbus district, leaving that decision up to voters. That possibility comes as state and federal authorities investigate Ohio's largest school district over allegations that employees improperly altered the grades or attendance records of struggling Columbus students to improve performance ratings.

The bill also would allow tax levy proceeds to be shared with community charter schools.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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