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The data rigging scandal with Columbus City Schools is a very hot topic and has created many differnt perspectives on who is at fault. Check out some recent updates on those involved below and then leave a comment on our Facebook page.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the former Linden-McKinley STEM Academy principal cared for her students, but overwhelming evidence that she knowingly cheated gives the Columbus school board good reason to fire her, a hearing officer has ruled.

In a decision sent yesterday to lawyers for Columbus City Schools and for former principal Tiffany L. Chavers, the hearing officer agreed that evidence and witnesses in an 11-day employment hearing proved Chavers withdrew undesirable students and gave passing grades to some who failed. She set a poor example for students and her staff as she cheated to make her struggling school appear to be more successful, the hearing officer wrote in his decision.

“I do not believe she intended to harm any of her students in her school building, or the neighborhood, or the community, but the consequences and fallout of her action, as well as that of others, cannot be overlooked or condoned,” hearing officer James M. Deitz wrote in his decision.

What happens next is up to the school board.

The board will meet today but won’t take action because members received the report late yesterday, said Larry Braverman, the district’s in-house counsel. Darlene Chavers, who is a lawyer for Tiffany Chavers and is her aunt, declined comment last night about the hearing officer’s conclusion.

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