News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


Bill aims to improve Columbus City Schools
Bill focused on Columbus, but could have state-wide ramifications
by WKSU's IDA LIESZKOVSZKY


Reporter
Ida Lieszkovszky
 
In The Region:

It has been a rough school year for Columbus City Schools. The district is under investigation by the State Auditor’s office and the FBI for tampering with student attendance data and grades and the struggling district has a history of less-than-stellar academic results. Now there's a bill making its way through the Ohio House that aims to improve the district.

LISTEN: LIESZKOVSZKY ON COLUMBUS

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:35)


Some education officials around the state say that it is great, as long as the bill stays specific to Columbus.

Earlier this year, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman convened a panel of education, community and business leaders to come up with a plan to fix the troubled district. That panel came up with a list of recommendations.

Levy dollars to charter schools
Some require changes in state law. One would let the district share voter-approved levy dollars with charter schools in the district.

"It’s not carte blanche for every charter school," State Rep. Cheryl Grossman says.

Grossman co-sponsored the bill. The Columbus Republican says charters would have to partner with the district and prove that they are worthy of the local dollars.

"And that’s really important to emphasize because there are bad charter schools just as there are bad public schools," Grossman says.

Grossman says the goal is to have all Columbus students attending an A- or B-rated school by 2025. Currently, less than a third of Columbus students attend A or B schools.

“The commission acknowledges that charters are now a permanent fixture in the education landscape, and they can be a critical force for helping provide an A- or B-rated school for every student,” Grossman says.

A trend in funding?
If the bill passes, Columbus would become the second Ohio district to share local levy dollars with charter schools. Cleveland is the other. 

David Varda is with the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and says this could be a trend. While his group supports school reforms in Cleveland, it does not like sharing money with charters.

“We ask that the legislature not apply that to every district in the state," Varda says. "If the people in Columbus have decided that this is a plan that will allow them to make their schools better, we will probably take the same position of not wanting that practice to be a statewide practice but specific to this locality's decision on how to manage their local schools.”

Varda says it would not surprise him if at some point down the line, someone would recommend making that a statewide law.

But Columbus officials say this bill is strictly local and it will be good for the district.

“What I care about is making sure that every child in Columbus has a high quality education because our students move from our schools to charter schools and back and forth and I care about the education our students receive,” Columbus teachers union President Rhonda Johnson says.

The bill would also allow the Mayor’s office to sponsor charter schools and it would create a new position for an outside auditor on top of the existing internal auditor in the district.



Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio lawmakers compromise on teacher evaluation changes
The problem schools have is too much government intervention so what do the Republicans do...add more. As a conservative this liberal style is why I left the p...

What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for early voting
r.gov trying to slow down voters to stop the people from voting out the r. govener

Cleveland Orchestra heads home from Europe
So proud to be a lifetime Clevelander! Yes, our Orchestra is the best ambassador a city could hope for! My wife and I happened to hear the European Festival T...

Northeast Ohio undocumented immigrants praying for a miracle
Stop it, just stop it. They are not undocumented but illegal aliens. I live in a 'sanctuary' city and it's not pretty. Dahlberg is a notorious trouble maker in ...

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University