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Columbus City Schools Propose Issue 57 on the Fall Ballot

Issue 57 is the Columbus City Schools’ proposed ballot issue for 6.92 mills to support the district with additional staffing, make deferred repairs, and set up an ongoing schedule of maintenance, repair and replacement to prevent future backlogs. Details about Issue 57 can be found here in our latest nonpartisan guide: CCS Proposed Ballot Issue 57 Guide – 4-pager – FINAL – 090116

The district’s report card is available on the ODE website, including a downloadable printed version: http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=043802



The Ohio Department of Education is asking for feedback for the development of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. You may choose to answer all or part of the questions. The survey may be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OhioESSA


Columbus City Schools place 6.92-mill levy ballot issue

On November 8, 2016, voters will see a Columbus City Schools ballot issue for 6.92 mills to support additional staffing, address deferred maintenance needs, and provide ongoing repair and replacement needs. Details about this three-part ballot issue can be found here in our latest fact sheet: CCS Proposed Ballot Issue Fact Sheet, FINAL – 2-pager – 081516



KidsOhio.org to moderate panel at August 17 CMC Forum

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from noon-1:15 pm, the Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum topic will be “Columbus City Schools Levy Primer.” Come hear an update from Superintendent Dan Good and then hear from a panel that includes Rhonda Johnson, Education Director at the City of Columbus, and Rebecca Asmo, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. Mark Real of KidsOhio.org will moderate.



ODE 2016 Ohio School Report Card Resources

The Ohio Department of Education will be releasing the 2015-2016 Ohio school reports card in mid-September. To learn more about the report card components, the department has published resources and fact sheets on their website: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Data/Report-Card-Resources

ODE – 2016_OVERVIEW_OhioSchoolReportCards

ODE – 2016 Report Card – Achievement Component

ODE – 2016 Report Card – Progress Component

ODE – 2016 Report Card – Gap-Closing Component

ODE – 2016 Report Card – Graduation Rate Component

ODE – 2016 Report Card – K3-Literacy Component

ODE – 2016 Report Card – Prepared4Success Component


Let’s collect some books for Columbus City Schools students!

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Library joins Columbus City Schools and Panera Bread to collect books for students
Plus, special drive-up event to be held Aug. 31

COLUMBUS OH. July 27, 2016 – Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is partnering with Columbus City Schools (CCS) and Panera Bread to collect new and gently used kids’ books for the Books for Breakfast program. The goal of the program is to provide K-5 CCS students books to read both at school and at home at the breakfast table. Donated books will be available for students to read if they eat breakfast at school.  Each day, approximately 25,000 CCS students take advantage of the district’s free breakfast program.

Reading at breakfast offers young people a way to engage their minds first thing in the morning so they are ready to learn by the time they reach their first class at school.

Collection boxes can be found at CML locations beginning Monday, Aug. 1. Customers can ask a staff member for more information. Monetary donations can be made at any Columbus area Panera Bread location.

The collection period will end on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, CML, CCS and Panera Bread will hold a special collection event at the German Village Panera Bread at 684 S. High St. Customers who drive by and drop off new or gently used kids’ books between 7 a.m.-noon will receive a coupon for one free breakfast entree at Panera Bread (includes any breakfast sandwich, baked egg soufflé or oatmeal).

Last year, CML collected approximately 8,000 kids’ books in support of what was then known as Books on the Bus, an initiative to collect books for kids to read on CCS school buses. This year, the effort has a new goal to collect books for kids to read at school and to take home with them.

Columbus City Schools has seen a dramatic turnaround in reading scores and literacy skills for children in the community since the inception of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. They’ve gone from a 42% passage rate to a more than 92% passage rate on the test. Books for Breakfast will help CCS reach closer to 100% and put books in the hands of every student in every zip code of Columbus.

CCS’s success has come in large part because the central Ohio community has rallied around the importance of reading and encouraging young people to read more often by making books available in more places – not just in the classroom.

Gregg Dodd, Marketing Director
Columbus Metropolitan Library
(614) 849-1043 office, (614) 205-7816 cell

Ben Zenitsky, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Columbus Metropolitan Library
(614) 849-1045 office, (614) 315-3766

Scott Varner, Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Columbus City Schools
(614) 365-5680 office

Liz Fiorino
Regional Marketing Director – Columbus/Central Ohio
Covelli Enterprises (franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC)
(412) 310-3323 office

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Catch the Spirit. Download the App.

Now you can stay in touch and get messages sent directly to your phone with the Columbus City Schools App. Just go to the App store on your mobile device and search for Columbus City Schools.

Office of Communications and Media Relations
270 E. State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

ODE: 2016 Ohio Report Cards Update

The Ohio Department of Education has published a new fact sheet about the Achievement component and its two measures – Performance Index and Indicators met. Another fact sheet explains the components that are receiving their first letter grades on the Ohio School Report Cards in September. Read them here.




ODE Plans ESSA Regional Meetings & Web Briefings

The Ohio Department of Education has scheduled 10 regional meetings and a number of web briefings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  For the complete schedule and additional information, go here http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA


Columbus Board of Education Special Meeting – July 21

The school board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 21, at 8:00 am at the Columbus Education Center, 270 E. State Street, Assembly Room. The board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on whether to proceed with placing a combination levy/bond request on the November 8 ballot. The meeting with also include a presentation and discussion on the potential sale of several school buildings (to be identified by the Superintendent), with proceeds of the sales being directed to addressing a backlog of building maintenance, repairs, and replacements across the district.