Mayor Coleman, Supt. Good React To Failing City School Grades
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So many people tried to log onto the Ohio Department of Education website Thursday that the system crashed. The site contains the new A through F rankings for the stateâ€™s public school districts. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Columbus City Schools were ranked rather poorly. The district earned 4 Fâ€™s, 3 Dâ€™s and 2 Câ€™s.
If they knew the results before hand, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Schools interim superintendent Dan Good did not say. But they had plenty to talk about at a STEM school on Hamilton Avenue. Hereâ€™s Mayor Coleman:
â€œOur academic performance earned us an F. Thatâ€™s unacceptable,â€ Coleman said.
It was another blow to the district already reeling from a data rigging scandal in which then-superintendent Gene Harris was forced to resign. Coleman put the best face that he could on the stateâ€™s evaluation.
â€œFailing schools are unacceptable in the city of Columbus. It is our collective responsibility to fix what is broken and provide a chance for our kids to succeed,â€ he said.
Time and time again Coleman called the grades â€œunacceptable.â€ But he was not willing to limit poor academic performance to teachers and administrators alone.
â€œWe, as a community, have failed the children, of this school and we have failed the children of this district.â€
Later the mayor was more blunt.
â€œWe all share the blame in Columbus,â€ Coleman said.
Interim Superintendent Dan Good also spoke at the gathering.
â€œFor failing to meet 21 of 24 academic standards there are no excuses. And I offer none. I am dissatisfied but I am not discouraged. This state report card reflects this school districtâ€™s past. We have a plan for the future,â€ Good said.
Part of that plan calls for an infusion of nearly $77 million from a tax levy which voters will decide on in November. Again Mayor Coleman.
â€œWhatâ€™s before the voters is a reform package. It is not business as usual and so what we want is change. And what that levy represents [is] change.â€