Created on Thursday, 18 April 2013 Written by AP
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.