Columbus schools leaders acknowledged the district is the subject of a federal investigation today at the same time that the state auditor's office indicated it is likely to refer some district employees for criminal prosecution in its data-tampering investigation.
The district issued a short statement this afternoon about the federal investigation:
"The Columbus City Schools has confirmed that federal authorities also are involved in the inquiry into questions regarding student accountability data. Columbus City Schools has communicated with the federal authorities and has assured them of the District’s full cooperation in their investigation.
"The District is unable to comment further on the federal involvement at this time."