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Columbus Education Commission

Recommendations include city-level director of improvement


A group charged with reviewing Columbus City Schools has a released a list of recommendations designed to improve the district.

The 25-member Columbus Education Commission, appointed by Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Council President Andy Ginther in December, has suggested a slew of changes, from modernizing technology to luring strong charter schools to areas of the district that need them.

“The commission has developed a vision for education in Columbus, but it will be the mayor and council president who will lead our community in making that a reality and implementing strategies,” said Rob Evans, spokesman for the commission.

“Certainly the school board is one of the close partners in this work,” Evans said.

Of the more significant proposals unanimously approved April 26, the commission recommends Coleman appoint a director of educational improvement to ramp up the city’s efforts on education.

Dan Williamson, the mayor’s spokesman, said Coleman is fully behind creating the position.

“I think by recommending this, I think what the commission is saying is, ‘We don’t want the mayor to make these recommendations and walk away,’ ” Williamson said.

Read the full story in the May 2 edition of ThisWeek Community News.