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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 determines 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 a statement Wednesday that it "strongly denies any allegations of wrongdoing."

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