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Ohio Auditor: Attendance Probe To Expand Statewide

The state auditor in Ohio says he is expanding an investigation into changes made to student attendance data in several districts to statewide. In a letter sent Thursday to Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar, Auditor Dave Yost said the fact that infractions are now under investigation in Columbus, Toledo and suburban Cincinnati suggests the problem may not be local but systemic. Yost asked Terhar to direct Ohio Department of Education employees to preserve all records, even those set to be destroyed under normal public records schedules. The Republican auditor further warned state education employees not to tamper with records or interfere with witnesses in the case. State Superintendent Stan Heffner has said the probe could lead to criminal charges against educators who committed fraud.