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Education Commission forums start Feb. 5

The The Columbus Education Commission will hold eight forums throughout the city from Feb. 5 to March 7.

The first gathering is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Road.

The second forum is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road.

Each forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., and dinner will be provided.

Officials said Columbus residents are invited to share their ideas about education during the public forums, which are planned for all four quadrants of the city.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Council President Andrew J. Ginther created the 25-member Columbus Education Commission to examine the challenges and opportunities facing all children living within the Columbus City Schools district, from preschool to career, said Rob Evans, the commission's spokesman.

Additional forum dates are:

* Feb. 12, Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, 1320 Duxberry Ave.

* Feb. 19, South High School, 1160 Ann St.

* Feb. 20, Briggs High School, 2555 Briggs Road.

* Feb. 26, Buckeye Middle School, 2950 Parsons Ave.

* March 5, Columbus Collegiate Academy-West, 115 S. Gift St.

* March 7, East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

"The forums join a broad list of ways that residents can participate in the effort to Reimagine Columbus Education," Evans said.

Other opportunities include:

* ReimagineColumbusEducation.org, which has information about the commission's work and opportunities to comment.

* Twitter feed (@ReimagineCbusEd) that shares research and live-tweets about commission meetings.

* Focus groups with selected parents, students, educators and leaders of the city's civic, business and faith communities.

* "Tell Us Your Good Idea for Education in Columbus" postcards distributed through Columbus City Schools and charter schools, Columbus Metropolitan Library branches, Head Start centers, Columbus Housing Partnership properties and churches/ synagogues.

The commission encourages people to share their thoughts on ReimagineColumbusEducation.org and through the #CbusEdu hashtag on Twitter.

The commission has three chairmen. They are George S. Barrett, chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health; U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley; and Kathleen H. Ransier, a partner in the Columbus office of the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

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