Four F's, three D's and two C's
Those are the grades Columbus City Schools earned from the Ohio Department of Education.
Mayor Michael Coleman says the community should get past trying to explain why and just start to fix it.
Exasperated parents say they hope the mayor's plan, works.
Parents want their children to do well in school.
"There are tons of parents out there who care as much as I care for my children,” said Jocelyn Biggers.
Biggers says it hurts to learn Columbus City Schools has earned such poor grades.
Her two children attend Hamilton STEM Academy, where the mayor, the superintendent and the "who's who" in the city showed up to talk about the problem.
"It kind of hurt that they came here, because I don't want this to be the face of a failing school. I think they have excellent teachers,” said Biggers “Now, I'm glad they did come here, because now they can see there are teachers, parents, students, there is involvement from people who actually care about our schools."
And she was ready to hear what the community wanted to do to help.
"I'm here today, and we are all here today to take responsibility,” said Coleman during the news conference.
Coleman says the best way to tackle the problems is to accept the ideas of the Columbus Education Commission and to pass a levy in November to make them happen.
One of the commission's recommendations was to shift power from the district's downtown office to individual school principals.
Something Interim Superintendent Dan Good says he has already changed and the mayor says the Hamilton STEM principal, Christopher Brady, has shown that is a good move.
"We need Doctor Brady and his team to have the ability to prove out their success without having to ask permission from central office. Just get it done,” said Coleman
Biggers saays the city and the school district working together may be what Columbus City Schools needs.
“It will be bumpy at first but I think it will work itself out,” said Biggers.
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