Ohio school accountability official is resigining

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Department of Education is losing a leader in its school accountability division as the state investigates whether districts improperly manipulated attendance and enrollment data.

Associate Superintendent William Zelei told colleagues in an Aug. 6 email that he’s resigning for a new job. The department released the message today.

Zelei said he was asked months ago to lead the Ohio Schools Council, a cooperative purchasing consortium for school districts. He says it gives him an opportunity to move closer to an ill relative.

Department spokesman John Charlton indicated Zelei’s plans aren’t related to the data investigation or recent resignation of Superintendent Stan Heffner.

Charlton says Zelei offered to stay with the department through September to help with the transition. His departure date isn’t set.

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