Suits: Missouri district staff falsified attendance reports

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RIVERVIEW GARDENS, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school system is being sued over allegations that attendance records were falsified to improve the district’s chances of regaining full accreditation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two separate lawsuits filed Tuesday against the Riverview Gardens district claim that the tampering happened after the 2016-2017 school year.

An elementary school principal who alleges she was unfairly demoted to assistant principal filed one of the suits. A middle school principal who is on paid leave filed the other one.

Besides playing a role in accreditation, attendance partly determine how much state money a district receives.

Last December, the once unaccredited district regained provisional accreditation, which still makes it subject to extra state monitoring.

The district said in statement Wednesday that it “strongly denies any allegations of wrongdoing.”

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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