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Former CCS Administrator Sentenced In Data-Rigging Scandal

Aug 27, 2015

Credit Columbus City Schools

Former Columbus City Schools administrator Michael Dodds was sentenced today to 14 days in jail and 16 months of supervised released  for his role in the district's attendance data rigging scandal.

Prosecutors say Dodds falsely reported students with low test scores had withdrawn from the district, inflating academic performance data on state report cards.  Former district data chief Steve Tankovich and former Marion Franklin High School principal Stanley Pyle were earlier convicted on a felony charge of attempted tampering with records, and former Superintendent Gene Harris was convicted of dereliction of duty in the scandal, which prompted a re-evaluation of school test scores, and  the recall of thousands of dollars in bonuses given to administrators and teachers. Dodds was suspended with pay in the summer of 2012 and retired in 2013.