At this time last year, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman was already talking about 2013 as a year when the community would join hands to improve education.
Columbus City Schools superintendent Gene Harris had already announced that she would retire amid the district's attendance data-rigging scandal. Coleman then promised to appoint a commission to come up with ways to improve the district and education overall. A key part of that goal involved asking voters to approve a levy for the district, with some of the revenue going to charter schools. But voters soundly rejected the levy in November. In the first installment of WCBE's annual end-of-the-year interview with the Mayor, Coleman discusses the future of education in Columbus and why he thinks the levy failed.