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Timeline: Data-Doctoring Scandal at Columbus City Schools

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 01:57 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Sean Rowe) -- ABC6/FOX28's Lu Ann Stoia comprised the following timeline for the data-doctoring scandal at the Columbus City Schools.

October 2004
An email is sent anonymously to the school board president that alleges staff members are "cooking the books" and requests an investigation.

June 2005
The Ohio Department of Education said it completed a review of attendance data practices and determines Columbus follows proper procedures.

August 2011
Columbus internal auditor tells Supt. Gene Harris (now retired) there are truancy cases against students that were thrown out of juvenile court and that attendance records had been changed.

June 28, 2012
State Auditor announces beginning of investigation into data manipulation at CCS.

July 2012
Data czar Steve Tankovich is reassigned by the superintendent to another job in the district. He retires in February 2013.

July 2012
The superintendent suspends administrator Michael Dodds who records show made thousands of student data changes. He retires in January 2013.

September 20, 2012
Dr. Gene Harris announces she will retire at the end of the school year.

October 2012
State Auditor announces he has found evidence of data scrubbing in records of schools he has examined so far.  The FBI begins a separate investigation into actions of CCS employees.

April 2013
Stanley Pyle, an assistant principal who records show changed hundreds of grades retires.

May 2013
State Auditor and police have warrants to seizes records from 20 Columbus high schools.

June 28, 2013
Dr. Gene Harris retires.

January 14, 2014
School board President Carol Perkins announces she is retiring to spend more time with her family.

January 15, 2014
State Auditor presents his report to new Board of Education president, Superintendent Dan Good, and other district leaders. 

January 23, 2014
CCS provides a response to the Auditor's investigation.  Both made public the week of January 27.

January 27, 2014
Public release of Auditor's investigation.

April 2014
CCS announced they are taking steps to fire four principals who the district says were associated with the data doctoring scheme.  Two principals vow to fight the action and file civil lawsuits.

July 31, 2014
Stephen Tankovich, former Data Czar for the Columbus City Schools, appears in Franklin County Court to face a felony charge for Attempted Tampering with Government Reocrds.  The please agreement with Tankovich calls for him to cooperate with the prosector's office, state auditor, FBI, Columbus City Attorney and U.S. Attorney in the investigation.
Timeline: Data-Doctoring Scandal at Columbus City Schools

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