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Sister Of Newtown Shooting Victim Speaks In Columbus

Carlee Soto
Carlee Soto (at podium), sister of Newtown school shooting victim Victoria Soto, urged Ohio leaders, including U.S. Senator Rob Portman, to reconsider mandating background checks on all gun sales.
13, 2013

The sister of a Newtown, Connecticut school shooting victim spoke in Columbus Tuesday to urge state and local leaders to support universal background checks on all gun sales. The event was met with opposition.

Columbus Crew Sold To Precourt Sports Ventures

New Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt (center) speaks at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
New Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt (center) speaks at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining him for the announcement was Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman (left) and Clark Hunt, chairman of Hunt Sports Group the team's former owners.
30, 2013

The Columbus Crew have been sold to a California businessman. Anthony Precourt of Precourt Sports Ventures LLC has purchased a 100 percent stake in team.

Schools Levy Must Go Forward Despite State Data Investigation

Columbus City Schools
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs House Bill 167, or the Columbus Education Plan, which supporters say will improve the struggling Columbus City Schools. Opponents say it takes funnels taxpayer money to unproven charter schools.
16, 2013

Columbus City School board members, Tuesday evening, will begin to discuss the specifics of a November levy. The levy will move forward regardless of an investigation into alleged data and grade rigging in the district.

Gov. Kasich Signs Columbus Education Plan

Governor Kasich
Ohio Governor John Kasich elicits the help of Columbus City School students as he signs House Bill 167, the Columbus Education Plan.
15, 2013

It has been several months since Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s education commission submitted recommendations on how to improve the city’s struggling school district. Monday Governor John Kasich, signed House Bill 167 dubbed the Columbus Education Plan, sparked from the education commission. Significant changes are in store for the district.

Columbus Schools Bill Goes Before Lawmakers

Some Columbus leaders, including Mayor Michael Coleman, are backing a House bill to allow the Columbus City Schools to share voter approved levy money with charter schools.
June 19, 2013

A bill that would install recommendations from a new Columbus education commission is getting first Statehouse hearing this afternoon.

Coleman Quiet On Reports Of Downtown Overhaul

Under the reported plan, Veterans Memorial would be demolished and replaced with an arts center. The city also reportedly wants to build a zoo attraction in the area south of COSI.
13, 2013

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says reports of the city plans to demolish Veterans Memorial and replace it with a zoo attraction and art center are “only a flavor” of what might happen.

Education Commission Approves Proposal In Unanimous Vote

The commission also wants to create a district "innovation fund" with $50 million in public and private funding.
26, 2013

A city education commission is scheduled to vote today on proposals they say will improve Columbus City Schools. The proposals include a controversial change to the district’s auditor position.

Amendment Could Clear Way For Takeover Of Columbus Schools

Mayor MIchael Coleman has repeatedly said he's not positioning for a mayoral takeover of Columbus City Schools.
April 17, 2013

As the legislature continues to hammer out the next two-year state budget, an amendment to the House version could open the door for at least a partial mayoral takeover of Columbus City Schools.

Board Vote Likely to Keep Commission Recommendations Off Shelf

Columbus Education Commission
Columbus Education Commission director Eric Fingerhut says Mayor Coleman's involvment in superintendent search helps chances of commission's recommendations being enacted
10, 2013

For months, Mayor Coleman and the Columbus school board have been at loggerheads about whether to hire a new superintendent while the mayor’s education commission finishes its work. The school board was scheduled to begin interviewing candidates this week. Instead, the board voted to suspend its search.

Board Reverses Course, Follows Mayor’s Recommendations

The board had been heavily criticized by Mayor Michael Coleman, who wanted the board to hire a temporary replacement for the retiring Gene Harris and make a final decision after getting input from a new city education commission.
April 10, 2013

In a sharp about-face, the Columbus School Board last night voted to put off hiring a permanent superintendent. The board has also named Mayor Michael Coleman as co-chair of the search committee.