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Two Stories About Big-City Mayors Trying to Set Rules for Charter Schools

atalou / Flickr Over the past year, state legislators changed state law to allow charter schools in Ohio’s two biggest cities–Columbus and Cleveland–to receive local tax dollars. That’s a big change: Before that point, Ohio charter schools did not directly receive local tax dollars. 

Columbus Mayor Says Schools Have “Failed” And Voters Should Approve New Levy

The Columbus school district’s levy campaign kicked off with a television ad in which Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the Columbus schools have “failed us.” In the ad, Coleman goes on to say, “Quality edition should not depend on the color of a child’s skin, how much money their parents make or the neighborhood they [...]

Columbus Education Commission Proposes Giving Mayor Greater Say in Running Columbus Schools

Michael Coleman is the mayor of Columbus.

A commission appointed by Columbus’ mayor is recommending a slate of changes that would give the mayor and other city officials a greater say in the Columbus school district’s operations, but stop short of a mayoral takeover WOSU’s Mandie Trimble reports that the proposed changes include: Creating a panel–separate from the district’s school board–to spend [...]

How the Columbus Education Commission Spent Its First $360,000

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The Columbus Education Commission has spent nearly $360,000 in its first three months to research and write a report that will recommend specific ways to improve Columbus schools. Nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to community outreach, public relations and communications firms. The commission plans to spend a total of $1 million — half [...]

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