Columbus City Schools

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.

Smaller CCS Budget Cuts Now Expected

Mar 12, 2013

Columbus City School Board members are looking at a smaller slate of budget cuts than presented to them last week.

Drastic cuts to transportation, extracurricular activities and athletics for the Columbus City Schools are off the table, thanks to some good news from the state, say district officials.


A third Columbus City Schools administrator is stepping down amid the district's data-rigging scandal.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s Education Commission later this month will explore whether an elected school board is the best way to run the Columbus City Schools.

The Columbus City Schools may turn to outside partners for help expanding pre-kindergarten classes.  Alison Holm has more.

After a 6 month delay the Ohio Department of Education has released school district report cards for the 2011-2012 school year.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman made no major promises in his 14th State of The City Speech delivered last night at South High School.

CCS Board Fears Disbandment And/Or Takeover

Feb 21, 2013

When the Columbus Education Commission was formed last year, it was presented as a joint effort of the civic, business, and education sectors.

Charter school operators in Columbus want to share local funding with public schools.

State Auditor Reports Data Scrubbing In 9 Districts

Feb 11, 2013

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has added four more school districts to the list of those that are believed to have scrubbed data to make their schools look better on state reports.

14 people have submitted the necessary paperwork to run for three Columbus School Board seats in November, setting up a possible primary election in May. Jim Letizia reports.


Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and the Columbus Schools are at odds over a review of the district's books.

CCS Considering Whistleblower Policy

Jan 10, 2013

The Columbus School Board is considering a new policy protecting whistleblowers who want to report fraud or mismanagement.

Columbus City Schools officials say mistakes were made with students' attendance information.

In his State of the City speech earlier this year, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced plans to create a program called YouthFirst,designed to engage in the lives of young people through sports, leadership, and anti-violence efforts.