Kansas City district falsified attendance data; owes state


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – An investigation has found that the Kansas City School District falsified attendance data and will be forced to repay money to the state.

The Kansas City Star reports the district released the findings publicly
Wednesday morning after reporting them to state education officials earlier this month.

The investigation found at least seven officials were involved in
falsifying the data from 2013 to 2016, before Superintendent Mark Bedell was hired. Three of the employees are no longer with the district and the other four have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Because the state funds schools in part based on student attendance, the
manipulation led to the district being overpaid. The amount it will be required to pay back hasn’t been determined.

Bedell says steps have been taken to ensure it never happens again.

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