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School Issues: Cut Parents Out of the Equation

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Cut Parents Out of the Equation

It’s time for a little review of the city schools and city politics. The Board of Education (the school board) is comprised of seven members, all elected by the public. Their job is to make decisions for Columbus City Schools. But, because the majority of board members have worked as a rubber stamp for a […]

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School Issues: Students Smarter in Kindergarten than Third Grade

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Students Smarter in Kindergarten than Third Grade

Last week, former Columbus City Schools board member Steph Groce unleashed her intellect and slew of education documents on her new website. This week, she dropped the bombshell. Groce looks at Kindergarten Readiness scores at local schools, and compares those scores to performance data on third grade proficiency tests. The results of the comparison are […]

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School Issues: Groce’s Got A Brand New Bag

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Groce’s Got A Brand New Bag

It’s been over a year since Steph Groce left the school board. Armed with a giant intellect and a tireless love of research, Groce was a popular board member. At least, she was popular with the public… when Groce departed, her colleagues showered her with faint farewell praises at her last meeting: “You are who […]

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School Issues: Wiles Stands Alone

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Wiles Stands Alone

It’s not easy to be school board member, Mike Wiles. When he submitted a list of people’s names to be on the city school levy committee, not a single Wiles suggestion made the cut. When Carol Perkins was re-elected in January for another term as board president, the vote that put her in office was […]

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School Issues: By the Numbers

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: By the Numbers

In order to address the well-publicized woes of Columbus City Schools, the mayor has assembled a commission to fix the problems. One of the commission’s early ideas has been to improve access to preschool education. The proposal is a little puzzling. Consider South-Western City Schools. The superintendent of the system, Bill Wise, was asked to […]

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