Columbus' mayor could play a bigger role in education under a bill headed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio House agreed Tuesday to Senate changes to the measure, calling it an effort to improve accountability in the Columbus City Schools.
The bill comes on the heels of attendance-tampering allegations leveled against the school district that Republican Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is investigating.
The bill would authorize a November ballot issue creating an independent auditor for the district. That person could review district reports and data and initiate probes into suspected fraud, abuse or illegal activity.
The bill also would permit levy proceeds to be shared with charter schools that partnered with the district, and would allow Democratic Mayor Michael Coleman to sponsor such schools with city council approval.