Columbus mayor opposes school takeover proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus mayor says he opposes a new legislative plan that allows him to pick some members of a state panel that would take over the troubled city school system.

An amendment included in the state budget bill that's set for a Thursday vote allows for creation of an "academic distress commission" for any district found to be involved manipulation of attendance data.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Mayor Michael Coleman was surprised by the proposal. Coleman has said he doesn't want to take over city schools, instead looking to a 25-member committee he created to recommend changes to the school system.

The Columbus district is embroiled in an investigation of data-rigging designed to improve overall performance rankings. That makes it a candidate for a state takeover.

Print this article Back to Top