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Scott Campaign Ties Opponent To School Tutoring Fraud

Mandie Trimble
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Bernadine Kent (right) accuses mayoral candidate Andrew Ginther of not ignoring warnings of fraud by tutoring companies.

Mayoral candidate Zach Scott says his opponent Andrew Ginther didn’t do enough to expose fraud by tutoring companies when he served on the Columbus City School board. Ginther’s campaign disputes the accusations.

Standing alongside Scott, a former Columbus City Schools employee Bernadine Kent said, in 2006, she warned Ginther and other school board members of suspected fraud by tutoring companies.

"I believed that there was No Child Left Behind money being stolen with regard to these providers," Kent said. 

Kent claims Ginther did nothing.  

A state audit found the district paid the companies for kids they did not tutor.

Ginther’s campaign manager Bryan Clark said, at the time, Ginther was moving on from the school board.

“That happened right before Andy Ginther joined Columbus City Council," Clark said. "Just like any other allegation of fraud, this was referred to the interim audit staff to investigate.”

Scott also accuses Ginther of not doing enough to investigate data rigging in the city schools.

Kent also is running for a spot on the school board.