Updated Decision-Making Schedule – Millage Committee Meetings Begin June 6

The Columbus Board of Education Millage Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday mornings: June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27 from 7:30-9:30 am. Meetings will be held at Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth Street, Room 100, Columbus, OH 43215.

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

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Millage Committee Appointed and Updated Decision-making Schedule

A 23-member millage committee has been appointed by the school board president to advise the Columbus City Schools on whether there should be a school levy and/or facility bond issue and/or a permanent improvement levy. Millage Committee meetings have been scheduled for the month of June. This updated timeline includes the summer calendar for decision-making regarding a potential fall 2016 ballot issue for CCS.

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Decision-making Schedule for Possible Columbus City Schools Levy and/or Facility Bond Issue on November 8, 2016

The Columbus City Schools’ Finance and Appropriations Committee is reviewing the draft of the state-required Five-Year Financial Forecast and Budget. Here is a timeline for a possible levy and/or facility bond issue for the November 8, 2016 election: Decision-making Timeline – Final, 050516

Columbus City Schools Develop a Facilities Master Plan: A Nonpartisan Fact Sheet

The Columbus City Schools’ Facility Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing nearly 100 different options for a district-wide modernization plan. The second round of public meetings will be held on May 23 and 24. Read more here: Columbus City Schools Facilities Master Plan Fact Sheet – Final, 050516

Student need increases among Franklin County school districts

The percentage of students who were economically disadvantaged increased in 13 of 16 Franklin County school districts from school year 2009-2010 to 2014-2015. Six districts had rates over 50 percent: Columbus, Groveport Madison, Hamilton, South-Western, Whitehall, Reynoldsburg. The Groveport Madison school district experienced the greatest increase in economic disadvantage among its student body, 14 percentage points. Whitehall experienced the greatest decrease in economic disadvantage, 17 percentage points.

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Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students

KidsOhio’s new report, “Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students,” reveals that half of juniors and seniors enrolled in a career program are engaged in one of seven programs: engineering science, health science, performing arts, job training coordinating, visual design, media arts and business management. The other half are divided among 30 other programs ranging from precision machining to cosmetology.

One of 37 career programs, Job Training Coordinating, was designed specifically for students with special education needs, equipping them with soft skills and basic job skills. The program served 97 juniors and seniors.

When Job Training Coordinating was factored out of the equation, the rate of students with special education needs among career education students enrolled in the other 36 programs dropped to 17 percent, which is slightly lower than the rate for all juniors and seniors (18 percent).

Click here to read the report, Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students.

Click here to read a data supplement (appendix) to the report.

Click here to read coverage of the report by the Columbus Dispatch.




Nonpartisan KidsOhio.org Report Shows Only 6 Percent of Adults Voted for Columbus School Board Candidates





, Ohio – Only 1 in 16 adults in the Columbus City Schools district voted in the May 2015 primary, according to a new KidsOhio.org report. That means 94 percent of adults did not vote for any of the school board candidates who will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Those numbers have important ramifications for schools and the students who attend them, said Mark Real, KidsOhio.org president and CEO.

“The Columbus Board of Education oversees a taxpayer-funded budget of more than $1.4 billion,” Real said. “It sets education goals and policies and approves programming for more than 50,000 children.”

Additionally, the board monitors academic progress and operations among the district’s 110 schools and is responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent, internal auditor and treasurer.

“And yet only a tiny fraction of adults are engaged in electing school board members,” Real said.

Within the Columbus City Schools district, 40 percent of adults are not registered to vote and 54 percent are registered but didn’t vote in the May primary.

“In fact, more than a half-million adults didn’t vote in the last primary,” Real said. “I doubt that the vast majority of residents are aware of this. Our hope is that by educating the public about the importance of school board elections and highlighting how few people have been engaged, we can motivate more people to vote on Nov. 3.”

Eight school board candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, and voters will elect four. The KidsOhio.org report lists candidates in alphabetical order and provides links to candidate information. It also provides information about how to register and vote this fall.

KidsOhio.org will make the nonpartisan report available throughout the community and can customize it with the logos of additional organizations that want to distribute it to their constituents.


About KidsOhio.org

KidsOhio.org was created in 2002 in response to community, education and business leaders who wanted an effective, data-driven, nonpartisan organization focused on improving public education in Ohio. The organization is funded by the private sector and does not accept any government monies or contracts. KidsOhio.org’s mission is to improve the education of Ohio’s nearly 3 million children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.



20 Columbus City Parent Trigger Schools Post Improvement Plans

This fact sheet provides eight key facts about each of Columbus’ 20 “Parent Trigger” schools with a link to each schools’ improvement plan. Click here to read the fact sheet. 

Fact sheet on students with disabilities in Columbus

Columbus City Schools and the Ohio Department of Education have entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to improve services for children with disabilities. Read a copy of the signed 21-page agreement detailing their joint work here.

In addition, KidsOhio.org has prepared this two-page fact sheet, Students with Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio,” which provides an overview of the 8,249 students who comprise one in six members of the student body in Columbus City Schools.

Report: Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card

In this report titled, “Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card,” KidsOhio.org details successes achieved at Columbus Alternative High School, Eastmoor Academy and Centennial High School. All have poverty rates ranging from 55 percent to nearly 70 percent, but economically disadvantaged students at these schools are consistently beating the odds on the state’s 10th grade math and reading tests.

KidsOhio.org interviewed principals at all three schools to understand why these schools are achieving high marks. The principals most often cited these factors: • A clear goal of preparing all students for college • Long-serving teachers and principals • Expectations that parents will be engaged in their students’ education • Positive peer pressure among students to achieve academically • Parental choice to enroll students in these schools • Strong relationships among students, teachers and principals.