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Yost Slams Reported Deal With School Officials

Auditor Dave Yost in his downtown Columbus office
Andy Chow
Auditor Dave Yost in his downtown Columbus office

A high-ranking state official is blasting as “inappropriate” a reported deal between the Ohio Department of Education and those involved in a school data scrubbing scandal. 

When Auditor Dave Yost released his report on the Columbus City Schools data rigging scheme two years ago, he said administrators created a culture of manipulation and employee intimidation.

Now there are reports that the Ohio Department of Education has offered dozens of administrators a deal that would suspend their license for two months -- possibly during summer break.

Yost says that’s problematic.

“What does it say to all the people who didn’t break the law? It says ‘we don’t value your virtue, your honesty’ and that’s the wrong message to send,” said Yost.

The Ohio Department of Education says it has revoked six administrators’ licenses so far and intends to revoke eight more. As for the rest, the department can’t talk about any possible deals until there’s official consent.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.