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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has appointed Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson as the city's education director. 

Columbus City Schools

More than 200 people turned out last night to let the Columbus City School board and administration  know how they feel about proposed school closures. 

Borrowing the Facebook motto, the Columbus school board is moving quickly with plans for big changes in the district including school closures and personnel changes.  

Columbus City Schools administrators are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students. 

Columbus residents should start to see snowplows pass down their streets today, two days after a winter storm dumped nearly eleven inches of snow in their neighborhoods.

The Columbus Board of Education has narrowed the list of finalists to fill the seat vacated by former president Carol Perkins , who abruptly stepped down last month.

Columbus City Schools Treasurer Penny Rucker announced her resignation at last night's Board of Education meeting.  

28 people have applied to fill the remaining term of Columbus School Board member Carol Perkins.

Associated Press

In his official report on the data scrubbing scandal in Columbus City Schools, State auditor David Yost says the district deliberately - and possibly criminally - changed grades, erased absences, and manipulated enrollment figures in order to make the district look better. 

Later this morning, State Auditor David Yost is scheduled to release the findings of his 18-month investigation into attendance data fixing in the Columbus City Schools.

CCS To Launch Whistleblower Hotline

Jan 24, 2014

The Columbus City Schools will introduce a hotline by the first of March, allowing employees to anonymously report wrongdoing by phone or online.

Columbus City School Board member Carole Perkins has announced she will retire at the end of the month, nearly 7 years after she first joined the board as a mid term appointment.

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.

Campaign finance reports show the group that pushed for passage of the Columbus City Schools levy raised more than 3 million dollars for the effort.

Sentencing is scheduled January 23rd for a former Columbus City Schools employee who pleaded guilty this week to stealing nearly 28 thousand dollars in district funds.

Columbus School Board president Carol Perkins says she will step down from the position at the end of the month.

A former Columbus school bus driver will be sentenced in February for driving drunk with students on her bus.

The woman accused of driving a Columbus City Schools bus while intoxicated has resigned.

A Columbus City Schools bus driver has been suspended after being arrested for driving drunk with kids on board.

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.

CCS Enrollment Increases

Nov 5, 2013

Columbus City Schools officials say enrollment this year is 1.1 percent above last year.

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. 

Some of Columbus' largest employers are helping fund the Columbus City Schools' levy campaign.

The Columbus Council Of PTAs and PTOs voted Tuesday night not to endorse the Columbus City Schools 9.01 mil combined levy and bond issue.

The City of Columbus has named the 15 members of what it calls the High Performing Schools Working Group.

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.

CCS Rehires Private Bus Firm

Sep 19, 2013

The Columbus school district is trying to solve a shortage of bus drivers by getting substitutes from the private bussing company it fired last year. 

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.

The Columbus City School Board last night authorized spending nearly 800,000 dollars to continue the Diplomas Now program in three schools.

Taxpayers are being asked to cover the costs of the investigation of the Columbus City Schools' data rigging scandal.

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