Michael D. Cole
|Michael D. Cole|
|Columbus Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Ohio State University|
|Master's||Seton Hall University|
Cole earned a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Ohio State University. He later earned a Master's degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Cole is the co-founder of Thoth Communications, Inc. and provides consulting services to non-profits and political campaigns. He and his wife have three children.
- See also: Columbus City Schools elections (2013)
Cole won election to the board against five other candidates in the November 5, 2013 election.
|Columbus Board of Education, At-large, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Michael D. Cole||23.5%||32,756|
|Nonpartisan||Ramona R. Reyes Incumbent||18.6%||26,016|
|Nonpartisan||Mike Wiles Incumbent||14.9%||20,791|
|Nonpartisan||Beverly J. Corner||14%||19,586|
|Nonpartisan||Hanifah Kambon Incumbent||12.9%||17,986|
|Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013|
In 2013, Cole received the following endorsements:
- The Columbus Dispatch
- Franklin County Democratic Party
- Columbus School Employees Association (CSEA)
- Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME) - Local 4
- Stonewall Democrats Of Central Ohio
- The Columbus Chapter of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Cole's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:
What was at stake?
Incumbents Hanifah Kambon, Ramona R. Reyes and Mike Wiles ran for re-election to the board in 2013. They competed with challengers Cole, Beverly J. Corner and Dominic Paretti in the November 5, 2013 general election.
A major issue in the school board campaign was the property tax changes embodied in Issue 50. This proposed tax levy would add $0.90 per $100 of assessed property value to support renovation and maintenance in the district. A portion of this tax levy totaling about $8.5 million per year would be earmarked for charter schools with high performance indicators. Mayor Michael B. Coleman and other community leaders held a rally on September 9th to support the levy while no board members spoke during the event. Voters rejected the tax levy with a 69% majority.
The district also faces an ongoing investigation by the Ohio State Auditor regarding attendance practices during the 2010-2011 school year. An investigation by state officials as well as the FBI looked into the practice of "scrubbing" or removing students with frequent absences from school to skew test scores. The state investigation is currently looking into allegations of grade adjustments and other practices by district employees with subpoenas issued in July 2013. The district could lose state funding related to student performance in the 2010-2011 school year if the investigation reveals grade and attendance manipulation. On October 22, the board unanimously voted to create new attendance policies that would require court hearings and district investigations into student whereabouts before removal from attendance records.
About the district
- See also: Columbus City Schools, Ohio
Columbus lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 32.3% of Columbus residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Columbus had a median income of $43,348 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Columbus was 21.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Cole for Columbus Kids, "Bio," accessed September 16, 2013
- Cole for Columbus Kids, "Endorsements," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "For Columbus school board," October 30, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Democrats endorse 4 for 3 Columbus school-board seats," September 13, 2013
- Cole for Columbus Kids, "Platform," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Rally kicks off push to pass levy for city schools," September 10, 2013
- Franklin County Elections, "2013 Election Results," accessed November 5, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Subpoenas show Columbus City Schools probe has grown," September 15, 2013
- WOSU, "Columbus City Schools Adopts New Attendance, Withdrawal Policies," October 24, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Columbus," accessed September 13, 2013
- Franklin County Board of Elections, "Past Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014