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Kasich signs new law giving Columbus mayor more control over the state's largest public school system
Model is similar to Cleveland's, and is drawing mixed reactions
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Kasich signs a new law giving Columbus Mayor Coleman more control over the state's largest public school system.
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Ohio Gov. Kasich has signed a bill into law that will give the mayor of Columbus more control over that city’s public schools. It sets some new rules for schools and the district itself to follow. And it puts in place incentives for teachers and schools to achieve goals.

The Columbus schools are under investigation for allegedly falsifying attendance data. And Kasich says this new law should give the community more confidence in the public school system.

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“The public is jumpy. I mean what they have found is there is a trust issue. And there’s a lot of bad publicity that came out the operation of the schools. And I’m saying to folks, ... "Calm down, take a deep breath, because the signing of this legislation today, the commitment from the business leaders means this is a fresh start."

Outside the school, dozens of protesters gathered to condemn the new law. Some say it gives too much money to private schools that don’t perform as well as the public schools.

Some elements of the Columbus plan are similar to plan put in place for Cleveland’s city schools last year.

 

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