Details on today

The Columbus Education Commission meets today to discuss health and community engagement and review draft summaries of what’s been learned so far.


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To date, more than 1,000 Columbus residents have sent in postcards, participated in focus groups, or joined us for our community forums. The commission will hear these voices in a report from the community outreach team. (Click to watch some of the ideas we’re heard)

The commission will break for lunch and small group discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading

Mark your calendars

“Education impacts our entire community, and we hope as many people as possible will join us in this conversation about how to improve teaching and learning for all students,”

UPDATE: The topics and location have been set for next week’s meeting of the Columbus Education Commission.

On Jan. 11, the commission will hear about how state and federal education policy affects local schools and about the importance of early childhood education. The policy discussion will take place in the morning. The topic will turn to early childhood education at 1 p.m.

The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., in the room 435 Center.

The public is welcome to attend and listen to the conversation. We’ll publish information about the speakers, a lunchtime panel discussion and other details Monday.

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How innovation is paying off

Commission Director Eric Fingerhut pointed out this article from The Dispatch, which does a good job of describing the innovative efforts taking place in Reynoldsburg schools. Here’s what Fingerhut had to say:

link to "Unorthodox approach working for Reynoldsburg schools"

Those of us working on the Columbus Education Commission have a lot to learn from Steve Dackin and the Reynoldbsurg schools. They have a culture of leadership and accountability, and accept no excuses for failure. They are honest about their strengths and weaknesses. I have had the privilege of working with him and his team on many issues. I don’t see any reason why his approach can’t work on a larger scale.

Click here to read “Unorthodox approach working for Reynoldsburg schools” from The Dispatch.

“a golden opportunity”

Yesterday, Mayor Coleman and Council President Ginther called together the first meeting of the Columbus Education Commission.

Here’s how Mayor Coleman described why the commission was formed and how he expects them to bring our community together to improve education for every child in the district.

You can read the full charge to the commission or watch the Mayor deliver it here.

After the announcement, Judge Marbley opened the first meeting of the 25-member group. Judge Marbley, who serves as a co-chair, told the commission they only get one shot at dramatically improving education in Columbus.

Next, Eric Fingerhut, the Director of the Commission, discussed what’s coming next on the commission calendar. You can see that document here.

He closed the meeting with a presentation that highlighted some of the commission’s key challenges – as well as opportunities.


All of the slides from his presentation are available at the link below.

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