While the four bond issues to safeguard the city's public utilities, public service, public safety and parks and recreation system passed comfortably last night, the two issues focused on the city schools failed by a more than 2 to 1 margin.
Issues 50 and 51 on the ballot this fall for the Columbus City Schools have been unprecedented, both in the size and the scope of the plans, and in the amount of passion they have inspired for and against.
A Columbus Schools carpentry teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates allegations that he had students at Fort Hayes chop wood during class time for use at his home.
Columbus City Council last night approved a measure forming a group to develop education standards charter schools must meet if they want to receive a portion of the money from the Columbus City Schools levy on the November ballot.
Today is the first day of classes in the Columbus City Schools, but a major transportation snafu could leave students waiting for the school bus up to an hour an a half every day for as long as six weeks, as the district scrambles to hire enough drivers to staff over 700 bus routes.