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Columbus City Schools

Alison Holm, WCBE

Columbus City Schools were among the districts receiving bad news Thursday as the State Department of Education released it's annual report cards.

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.

Columbus City School students are heading back to class Wednesday, and the head of the teachers union says her members are energized.

A former Columbus City Schools treasurer's office worker is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the district.

Interim OSU President Meets With Reporters

Jul 18, 2013

Interim Ohio State University President Joe Alutto is promising to continue the plans of his predecessor during the search for the school's next leader.

The Columbus City School Board began discussion on the recommendation for a November combined levy request last night -- but some found the proposal a bit light on details.

Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday signed into law a bill allowing some of the revenue from a planned 9.01 mill Columbus City Schools levy to be shared with charter schools.

The Columbus City Schools' millage committee this morning recommended placing a 9.01 mill levy on the November ballot.

The Columbus City Schools committee considering whether the district should place an operating levy on the November ballot held a public hearing last night.

CCS Spending More On Attendance Data Scandal

Jul 8, 2013

The Columbus School District is spending more than 500 thousand dollars for legal services related to the state's attendance-data rigging investigation.

The Columbus City Schools have a new superintendent for the next year - Dr. J. Daniel Good, former head of the Westerville School District. Alison Holm has more on the decision

The Columbus School board meets tonight to appoint an interim superintendent to take over when Gene Harris steps down at the end of the week.

The Columbus school district has created new policies to avoid a repeat of the attendance data-rigging scandal.

The Columbus City Schools are taking steps to address the issue of grade-reading readiness, and to come into compliance with the state's third grade reading guarantee.

Retiring Ohio State President Gordon Gee is offering his explanations for stepping down, citing everything from his age to a desire to spend more time with his family, which includes twin granddaughters.

Yost Praises CCS Internal Auditor

Jun 4, 2013

State Auditor David Yost says data scrubbing in the Columbus City Schools painted a false picture of district accomplishments, and may have cheated some students out of the chance for charter school vouchers or federally subsidized tutoring.

House Approves Columbus Schools Bill

May 30, 2013

The Ohio House has approved a bill targeting the Columbus City Schools.

CCS Board Considering Hiring Interim Superintendent

May 28, 2013

The Columbus School Board meets today to consider hiring OSU Vice President Joe Alutto as interim superintendent.

Debate began Thursday in the Ohio House about a measure making changes to the Columbus City Schools.

The Columbus school board is throwing its support behind some of the findings of Mayor Michael Coleman's education commission.

Cops Seize CCS Records

May 2, 2013

Columbus Police officers this morning seized records wanted by the state auditor as part of his probe of the Columbus City Schools' attendance data tampering scandal, and his probe of alleged grade changing at Linden-McKinley High School.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Columbus later this week, to talk about recommendations to improve education.

The Columbus City School boards last night voted to suspend the search for a permanent replacement for superintendent Gene Harris, who is stepping down in June, and to put that task in the hands of a new committee to be headed by the Board president and Mayor Michael Coleman. The resolution passed – but not without controversy.  Alison Holm has more.

Update: State Audit Finds Faults In Columbus City Schools

Apr 4, 2013

Ohio’s Auditor has released an audit on the Columbus City School district and the findings are not good news.

The annual state audit of the Columbus City Schools is a mix of good and bad news.

Two caucasian Columbus City Schools teachers are suing the district, claiming they are victims of reverse racism.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says he will not support any permanent successor to Columbus Schools superintendent Gene Harris if the school board hires one by the summer.

Members of Mayor Michael Coleman's Education Commission appear divided on how the Columbus City Schools should be run.

Two Columbus elementary school principals have been suspended for failing to immediately notify police and parents about alleged abuse of special-needs students.

Columbus Tutor Faces Federal Fraud Charges

Mar 13, 2013

A Columbus tutor faces federal charges related to a fraud scheme in which he collected money meant to help poor kids in math and reading.


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