After voters overwhelmingly rejected a combined property tax increase and bond issue, Columbus school officials are turning to possible budget cuts and a possible return to the ballot next year.
Supporters and opponents of the levy that was overwhelmingly rejected on Tuesday are looking at what doomed the levy, and what lies ahead.
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 state’s public school districts. Not surprisingly, perhaps, Columbus City Schools were ranked rather poorly. The district earned 4 “F’s,” 3 “D’s” and 2 “C’s.”
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman today launched the school district’s levy campaign by saying, “recently our schools have failed us.” After a scandal plagued year which included the departure of the district’s superintendent, school leaders may have no other choice.