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Judgment Day: School Lunch

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Judgment Day: School Lunch

Adults like to have opinions on school lunch programs. The food should be organic. The food should be farm-fresh. The food should be low fat and nutrient dense. It needs to be more like the spa menu at Canyon Ranch. The food should be all sorts of things, but at the end of the day, […]

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CCS Board to Vote on Bonus for Former Principal Involved in Data Scandal

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott CCS Board to Vote on Bonus for Former Principal Involved in Data Scandal

As Columbus City Schools continues to work on restoring public trust, it will be making some interesting moves at its board meeting tomorrow night. After the district acted to recall bonuses the district formerly awarded to teachers just two weeks ago, it is now announcing a new wave of financial awards for employees, both present and […]

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Un-Bonusing the Teachers, Part Two

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Un-Bonusing the Teachers, Part Two

On Wednesday, the teachers of Columbus City Schools were notified that the district was recalling bonuses awarded for the 2010-11 school year. According to state auditor reports, administrators at CCS misrepresented school performance activities and manipulated data to improve ratings. Because the bonuses were the result of this dishonest behavior, the letter notified teachers that […]

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Columbus Teachers Forced to Repay Bonuses back to The District

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Teachers Forced to Repay Bonuses back to The District

An email was sent to Columbus City Schools teachers from Superintendent Dan Good today, stating that performance-based bonuses that were distributed incorrectly due to administrative data tampering during the 2010-2011 school year would need to be repaid by teachers to the district. The repayment request is expected to be completed by June 2015, and includes […]

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Columbus City Schools: Raw Data

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus City Schools: Raw Data

Even when it’s from the most reliable of news sources, data is typically distilled through a particular lens. With the launch of www.knowyourcharter.com last week, consumers have easy access to statistics about local public school systems and charter schools. Consider the website’s information on Columbus City Schools. It reports that 93.2% of Columbus City Schools […]

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Clintonville Parents Support City Schools Through Grassroot Efforts

Walker Evans Walker Evans Clintonville Parents Support City Schools Through Grassroot Efforts

Columbus is regularly touted and recognized as a growing, thriving and intelligent community. But the one area that locals are likely to universally agree needs vast improvements is with the education system at Columbus City Schools. With over 50,000 students and 4,000 teachers, it’s the largest district in the state, and has become a bit […]

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School Issues: 2014 Columbus City Schools Report Card

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: 2014 Columbus City Schools Report Card

Last year, when the Ohio Department of Education released the report card for Columbus City Schools, there was no shortage of hoopla. Mayor Coleman had a press conference, Superintendent Good looked somber, and the buzzword describing the 2013 results was “unacceptable”. The report card’s scores included four failing grades. This year is different. There was […]

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