On this episode of Broad & High, an artist profile: Dennis DeVendra, a blind woodturner. Also a look at Dangerdust, the anonymous chalk artist duo from Columbus College of Arts and Design, Helping Hands Center an arts & autism based in Clintonville, Petali Teas and D’Art the Gallery Kitty at Dublin Arts Council.
New campaign finance reports show the Columbus school levy campaign is gettng major financial backing from both corporations and unions.
Next month, Columbus School District voters face a big decision â€“ whether to approve a 24 percent increase in school taxes. City and School leaders promise the schools levy will bring reform and improve the troubled district.
After nine months of soul searching and numerous public hearings â€“ supporter of the school tax increase say the â€œLevy is the Reform.â€
Voters, for the first time, are being asked to approve local property tax funds for independently run charter schools. The Charter school sharing proposal is the most controversial policy aspect of the $75 million request.
Reformers on Mayor Coleman’s education commission say the surest way to boost long-term overall student success is to make sure children are ready for kindergarten. Leaders promise to spend $8.5 million of the levy to pay for additional more pre-school classes.
Columbus City School leaders and city officials say the 9 mill levy will improve the districtâ€™s school failing report cards, expand pre-kindergarten and prepare high school students for adulthood.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Columbus City Schools Interim Superintendent appeared on a special edition of Columbus on the Record to discuss the various aspect of the levy. Watch what Coleman and Good had to say in defense of the district’s request to the voters.