What we know: Parents want a high-performing school in their neighborhood. But about 30,000 students — about half the enrollment in Columbus district and charter schools — attend D- or F-rated buildings.
Our mission: By 2020, every public school in Columbus should be rated A or B. To achieve that, we need to replicate the best district schools, recruit more strong charter schools and improve the performance of existing schools.
Our plans: We recommended a range of specific actions in “High-performing neighborhood schools and more school choices.” These are some of the core ideas:
- The district should focus its resources on the school level and limit the size of the central office.
- Columbus City Schools should hire a superintendent who will focus on academic success, convert weak schools into strong ones, give school leaders the freedom to make necessary changes, attract the most talented educators and increase support for successful charters.
- Every neighborhood high school should include a career-oriented “flex academy” — a school within a school operated with Columbus State Community College that bridges high school and college.
- High-performing charter schools should receive support from Columbus City Schools, including funding approved by local voters
- The district should encourage the development and success of neighborhood groups that advocate for quality public schools.
Read this chapter to learn about all of the recommendations from the Columbus Education Commission.