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School Issues: WHO is Carolyn Smith?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: WHO is Carolyn Smith?

You might recognize the name, Carolyn Smith, from the newspapers. She’s the auditor for Columbus City Schools. She’s also the person who investigated the school data scandal, a scandal which resulted in terminations and (Ohio) state and FBI involvement. Smith was the one with the chutzpah to drive the investigation to the bitter end. If […]

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School Issues: Campaign Word Games and Number Fun

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Campaign Word Games and Number Fun

Last year was a rough year for Columbus City Schools. The data scandal earned Columbus national attention, the superintendent retired early, administrators were put on super-extended leaves, and the school board started having private meetings with lawyers. As election season draws near, the path forward remains full of jarring bumps and jumps. The campaign for […]

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Meanwhile, Today Outside the Signing of HB 167

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Meanwhile, Today Outside the Signing of HB 167

It seemed like a good idea at the time. When the mayor of Columbus got involved with the city school system, it looked like a step forward. Families were excited and optimistic at the onset of the announcement. It didn’t last long. First, the mayor appointed an “expert” school panel, the Columbus Education Commission (CEC): […]

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School Issues: Winners/Losers & A Good Plan

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Winners/Losers & A Good Plan

Sometime in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Carolyn Smith tweeted these words, “Commission school plan eliminates current Internal Auditor.” You might not know who Carolyn Smith is. You might not even care, but you should. She’s the current internal auditor for Columbus City Schools. She’s the one who started investigating school attendance data. She’s […]

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School Issues: Student Perspectives

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Student Perspectives

If you’re following the local education stories, then you’re probably aware that there’s been lots of controversy about who should lead the effort to reform Columbus City Schools. At present, the local school system is governed by the Board of Education, a seven-member, elected governing body. If you read the Dispatch, the stories imply (over […]

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Introducing The Neighborhood School of Choice

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Introducing The Neighborhood School of Choice

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to town. Sitting on stage at Fort Hayes with Mayor Coleman and Mark Real (of kidsohio.org), the trio held court from comfy chairs Friday night in a conversation about Columbus City Schools. Duncan said a few things: offer more preschool, get a better graduation rate, and create more […]

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How *NOT* to Blow a Whistle at Columbus City Schools

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott How *NOT* to Blow a Whistle at Columbus City Schools

In 2013, Columbus City Schools adopted a formal whistleblower policy for reporting of unethical conduct. Policies are helpful, but it might be even more helpful to come up with some practical, everyday guidelines for whistleblowers; a little advice to make the process run smoothly. So here are some tips for would-be whistleblowers, from someone who […]

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