Columbus schools fined $11 million by state over transportation issues

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus City Schools says they could have challenges getting students to school in the future because of an $11 million fine that the Ohio Department of Education is issuing the district over transportation issues.

Groveport Madison Schools was also issued a fine by the department; a spokesperson for the district didn’t want to give specifics, as they have pending litigation.

Groveport and CCS are two of five districts in the state a transportation expert says are being asked to pay up, but he says many across the state have been investigated.

Doug Palmer, the senior transportation consultant for the Ohio School Boards Association, said funding is issued every month to school districts for transportation.

“Funding is either based on student count or mileage, depending on what the district does and then they start paying that out each month,” Palmer said.

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