Columbus' mayor could play a bigger role in education under a bill headed to Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The Ohio House has agreed to Senate changes in the measure, calling it an effort to improve accountability in the Columbus City Schools. The bill comes on the heels of attendance-tampering allegations leveled against the district and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's investigation. The bill would authorize a November ballot issue creating an independent auditor for the district. That person could review district reports and data and initiate probes into suspected fraud, abuse or illegal activity. The bill would also permit levy proceeds to be shared with charter schools that partnered with the district, and allow the mayor to sponsor such schools with city council approval.