Rhonda Johnson Appointed as Columbus Education Director
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced today the appointment of Rhonda Johnson as the city’s first Education Director. The new full time “Education Czar” position functions as a cabinet-level position that will advise all education policy and funding decisions in coordination with Columbus City schools. The Education Director will also serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Education.
Johnson most recently served as the president of the Columbus Education Association since 2004, and previously served as a Columbus City Schools teacher. Additionally, she served as a member of the Columbus Education Commission, the appointed group that recommended the creation of the Columbus Education Director position along with other reforms and changes.
“This appointment demonstrates we are as committed as ever to our kids’ education, and nobody understands the challenges facing our kids and our schools better than a teacher,” said Coleman. “Throughout her career, Rhonda has been an educator, a community leader and a reformer. She will work with our schools and our entire community to give our kids the education they deserve.”
Johnson is expected to begin the new position in June.
“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve as an education leader in the City of Columbus, and I look forward to the implementation of the Columbus Education Commission’s recommendations,” she said. “By engaging with all stakeholders in our community, we can ensure that all our students get a great education and become successful adults.”
Additional announcements regarding education reform are anticipated for tonight’s annual State of the City address.
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