Columbus mayor opposes school takeover proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus mayor says he opposes a new legislative plan that allows him to pick some members of a state panel that would take over the troubled city school system.

An amendment included in the state budget bill that’s set for a Thursday vote allows for creation of an “academic distress commission” for any district found to be involved manipulation of attendance data.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/114oFlI ) reports that Mayor Michael Coleman was surprised by the proposal. Coleman has said he doesn’t want to take over city schools, instead looking to a 25-member committee he created to recommend changes to the school system.

The Columbus district is embroiled in an investigation of data-rigging designed to improve overall performance rankings. That makes it a candidate for a state takeover.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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