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Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Last week the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for 608 school districts across the state. Each school receives an A-F grade based on three different performance metrics. Since those grades were published I’ve read and heard quite a bit of feedback – from both laypeople and hardcore public education experts alike – decrying […]

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Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

Steve Schoeny Steve Schoeny Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

When my kids finished the school year in the Spring, I decided to try my hand at riding my bike to work. As the Director of Development for the 14th largest municipality in the country, I talk a lot about the benefits of having mobility choices, bike lanes, complete streets and other City Planner jargon. […]

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Opinion: What the Art Tax Means To Columbus’ Black Art Scene

Scott Woods Scott Woods Opinion: What the Art Tax Means To Columbus’ Black Art Scene

Speaking on the proposed 7 percent User Fee tax — or as I like to call it to keep things honest, the “Art Tax” — presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), I want to focus briefly on an angle that hasn‘t come up in any of the discussions I’ve seen so far: how […]

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Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

The electric scooter revolution has arrived in Columbus. Multiple four-letter California-based companies (Bird, Lime … “Spin” hasn’t arrived just yet) have dumped out several truckloads of their vehicle fleets onto the sidewalks of Columbus during the month of July. While the vehicles may not technically be legal in the state of Ohio — more on that […]

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Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

Craig Wise Craig Wise Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

If based on the political abuse and avoidance history of Franklinton over the last 207 years, no they do not. It is almost like local politicians are scared of any company that could bring 50,000 new jobs to town because that company could suddenly have enough political and business clout to take economic control of […]

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Opinion: How LeBron’s Public School Can Be a Model for Community Involvement

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: How LeBron’s Public School Can Be a Model for Community Involvement

On Monday, July 30, 2018, LeBron James and his Family Foundation opened The I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. It is a public school, part of the Akron Public School District, and will serve low-income and at-risk students in the NBA superstar’s hometown. This pointed mission and James’ demonstration of support in public education is […]

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Opinion: Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers Hurt Columbus Neighborhoods

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker Opinion: Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers Hurt Columbus Neighborhoods

Everyone has the right to live in a safe and affordable home. But as long as the City keeps giving millions away to wealthy developers and forcing our neighborhoods to pick up the tab, more and more Columbus families will be pushed out of neighborhoods where they’ve lived for generations — with nowhere else to […]

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