Career-Technical Education Programs in Columbus

KidsOhio’s new report, “Career-Technical Education Programs in Columbus: A View from Employers, Educators, and Students,” is a follow-up report to “Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students.” This report profiles the four employers, two educators, and four seniors who participated in a new Fort Hayes Career Center pilot program that provided construction internships during the 2015-2016 school year. Read about the experiences of the first year of the construction pilot program and plans for growth:


Notes from the Field: Linden Park Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Center Opens

A new city-school district partnership opens a new early childhood education center in the Linden neighborhood. Here are Mark Real’s observations from the center’s open house on October 27, 2016:


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:


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



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:

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


Columbus School Board Considers Four Levy Millage Options – Will Decide by July 21

This latest fact sheet outlines the four levy millage options that the Columbus School Board voted to accept at its June 30 meeting – two options without a facility bond issue and two options with a facility bond issue. The district is seeking public comment on these options before their meeting on July 21 to finalize the November 8 ballot issue. To voice your opinion, email the district at

Read the fact sheet here: CCS – Four Levy Millage Options Fact Sheet – 070616

Updated CCS Facilities Master Plan Fact Sheet

The Columbus City schools’ Facilities Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee presented its final recommendations in June. The Columbus Board of Education is expected to approve this update to the Facilities Master Plan at a special meeting on June 30. Read more about this update and how the plan might integrate with the Levy Millage Committee’s recommendations here: Updated Columbus City Schools Facilities Master Plan Fact Sheet – Final, 062316

Columbus City Schools Consider Levy Millage Options

The Columbus City Schools’ 23-member Levy Millage Committee holds its final meeting on Monday, June 27. Here are two recommended options that the committee is considering. The committee could consider other options, including adjusting the millage amounts.

Here is a nonpartisan fact sheet explaining the draft millage options that are under consideration.

CCS Levy Millage Options Fact Sheet – Final, 062316

Updated Decision-making Schedule – Final Levy Millage Committee meeting on June 27; Special School Board meeting on June 30

The Columbus Board of Education’s Levy Millage Committee holds its final meeting on Monday, June 27 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth Street, Room 100, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Columbus Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 8:00 am.

Here is an updated calendar for decision-making regarding a potential fall 2016 ballot issue for Columbus City Schools.

Updated Decision-making Timeline – Final, 062316