Top US education leader makes swing across Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The nation’s top education leader made a whirlwind swing across Ohio.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan made stops in Cleveland and Columbus on Friday to discuss educational reform efforts.

In Cleveland, Duncan met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who controls the schools through board appointments.

In Columbus, Duncan said he agrees with Mayor Michael Coleman that the mayor shouldn’t take over the schools. Instead, Duncan told The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/17NEYIS) that the community must demand improvement from schools.

Coleman says he doesn’t want to run city schools. He opposes a measure slipped into the state budget bill allowing a state takeover of any district caught manipulating records.

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

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