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Report: Columbus STEM school changed rolls, grades

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Records reviewed by The Columbus Dispatch show thousands of pieces of data about students enrolled at a Columbus science and technology school were changed or removed during the first week of the 2011 summer break.

Findings involving Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, which serves 7th- through 12th-graders, come as the Columbus City Schools is under investigation by the state and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for attendance data tampering allegations.

Motivations for changing attendance data include improved building and district scores, additional federal funding and sometimes staff bonuses.

The newspaper's investigation, published Sunday, found absences were deleted, several enrolled students were withdrawn from the rolls, and 87 students' final F grades were traded for Ds.

The district's lawyer questioned the accuracy of the newspaper's information.

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