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Former Superintendent Harris To Face Charge In Attendance Scandal

A prosecutor says former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris will be charged with dereliction of duty in connection with the district's attendance data-scrubbing scandal. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said he plans to file the charge later Monday and confirms that ex-superintendent Gene Harris will enter a no contest plea. Harris is expected to enter her no contest plea in court Wednesday. The paper says O'Brien and Harris' lawyer, Yvette McGee Brown, agreed to let a judge decide the penalty without O'Brien seeking a certain outcome. A message was left with McGee Brown Monday morning. The charge follows an investigation by the state auditor's office that concluded administrators changed attendance numbers to manipulate school performance ratings.