U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Columbus later this week, to talk about recommendations to improve education.
He will be meeting on the Fort Hayes campus with Columbus City School board president Carol Perkins, Mayor Michael Coleman, members of the Columbus Education Commission and the public. The elected school board has increasingly clashed with the Commission, appointed by the mayor in the wake of the district attendance scrubbing scandal and state investigation. Earlier this week the board agreed to suspend their search for a new superintendent to replace Gene Harris, who is stepping down in June. Instead, the task will be taken on new committee headed by the school board president and the mayor. Columbus is not the only troubled district the Secretary will be visiting this week; Duncan will start his day in Cleveland, meeting with 21 district superintendents to discuss education redform.