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Auditor: Data-scrubbing hurt Ohio students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor says attendance data rigging in Columbus schools cheated some students out of chances to get tutoring and use vouchers to go to private schools.

State Auditor Dave Yost made the comments to conference of fraud investigators Monday in Columbus.

According to The Columbus Dispatch ( ), Yost said some Columbus children didn't get the help they deserved because school employees manipulated data to inflate the schools' academic standing. That deprived them of federal funding for tutoring and other services aimed at improving performance.

Yost also said that because some schools in Columbus inflated their academic ratings, children weren't eligible for vouchers to attend private schools.

Ohio's largest school district is being accused of altering the grades or attendance records of struggling students to improve performance ratings.

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