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



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

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

An Independent Guide to Ohio’s $400 Million Race to the Top Application

Ohio Grantmakers Forum and are nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations working together to improve academic achievement among Ohio’s 1.8 M public school students.  Our commitment to helping students improve is the reason we produced the Independent Guide to Ohio’s $400 M Race to the Top Application.  This guide describes a unique opportunity for Ohio schools to secure as much as $400 M over the next four years to bolster local efforts for educational improvement in areas ranging from rural Appalachia to urban and suburban communities.

To read the guide, click here.

EducationCounsel Releases Analysis of New Federal Stimulus Guidelines

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidelines on the use of education funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. EducationCounsel has since issued this memo providing an analysis of these new guidelines, focusing specifically on IDEA, Title I, and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds.

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Estimated Federal Stimulus Bill Allocations to Franklin County School Districts

Franklin County's 16 school districts will receive an estimated $104 million in one-time increased federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The increases would come as additional Title I funding for economically disadvantaged students and IDEA funding for students with special education needs. Districts are slated to receive all of these stimulus funds by October 2009.

For a complete district-by-district breakdown, click here.

Estimated Federal Stimulus Bill Allocations to Ohio’s Eight Large Urban Districts

Ohio’s eight large urban school districts (the “Urban 8”) may receive $540 million in new federal funding over two years, according to estimates based on the House Appropriations Committee’s Draft 2009 Stimulus Bill. The increases would come as additional funding for construction and for support for economically disadvantaged students and students with special education needs. Under these estimates, additional funding would range from $14 million in Canton to $174 in Cleveland over the two-year period.

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