We are funded by the City of Columbus and the Columbus business community.
The Columbus Education Commission is raising $1 million for this effort — half from the city and the other half from private donations. But that represents only a part of the community commitment to this effort.
- The 25 members of the Columbus Education Commission are donating their time and energy.
- Battelle is paying Eric Fingerhut’s salary while he serves as director of the commission.
- KidsOhio, its President and CEO Mark Real, and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio have provided research and organizational support.
- Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College and the Columbus Metropolitan Library are hosting commission meetings for free.
- And the city of Columbus has donated the services of CTV to record and live-stream some of the meetings.
So how is the money raised for Reimagine Columbus Education being spent?
It’s being used to collect information (by doing research, bringing in experts and preparing a management study of Columbus City Schools) and to engage the community (by hosting forums, managing this website and our @ReimagineCbusEd Twitter feed, and making meetings accessible to the public).
The commission intends to deliver recommendations that can turned into action. In other words, there’s a commitment to ensure that the commission’s final report won’t just sit on a shelf. So some of the money raised will be used to produce a strong report that outlines the recommendations and offers clear steps that can be taken to implement them.
With the support of the mayor, policymakers and the Columbus community, the commission intends to make recommendations that improve kids’ lives. That’s why our backers are investing their time, resources and money in the effort to Reimagine Columbus Education.