A state-picked school-reform group won’t push an agenda as it helps parents pull the trigger to change low-performing Columbus City Schools, its director said yesterday. StudentsFirst was founded by teachers union antagonist Michelle Rhee, the former head of the Washington, D.C. schools who fired hundreds of teachers she deemed ineffective. But its Ohio arm is not out to play politics with the state’s new “parent trigger” law, said Greg Harris, the director of StudentsFirst Ohio.
The Columbus City Schools employ thousands of people and have a personnel department with 42 workers and a $3.7 million-a-year budget, but the district has no written policies for hiring and firing people or following other basic procedures.
When Columbus City Schools students return to classes Wednesday, Aug. 20, free breakfast and lunch will be waiting -- for all of them.
About 88 percent of last school year’s Columbus City Schools’ third graders moved into the fourth grade as schools opened today, Superintendent Dan Good said. But that still means that about 470 students will have to repeat the third grade because they did not pass the state’s third-grade reading test or an equivalent alternative test, Good said.
Brandee Baker made her way to Brookhaven High School yesterday morning, like she has for the past three years. But instead of heading inside for the start of classes, she waited outside for a bus to take her to her new home: Mifflin High School.
Columbus City Schools moved with uncharacteristic speed yesterday to begin the process of selling four of the five school buildings that the district shuttered at the end of June. By state law, charter schools will get the first opportunity to purchase the buildings by agreeing to the district’s appraised market price.
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