Michael D. Cole

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Michael D. Cole
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Columbus Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOhio State University
Master'sSeton Hall University
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Michael D. Cole is an at-large member on the Columbus Board of Education. He first won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael D. Cole 23.5% 32,756
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRamona R. Reyes Incumbent 18.6% 26,016
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDominic Paretti 16% 22,380
     Nonpartisan Mike Wiles Incumbent 14.9% 20,791
     Nonpartisan Beverly J. Corner 14% 19,586
     Nonpartisan Hanifah Kambon Incumbent 12.9% 17,986
Total Votes 139,515
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


In 2013, Cole received the following endorsements:[2]

  • The Columbus Dispatch[3]
  • Franklin County Democratic Party[4]
  • 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

Campaign themes


Cole's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:[5]


  • Hold the District accountable for properly tracking and reporting student performance and attendance.
  • Create a District surplus or “rainy day” fund that limits the need for tax levies.


  • "Raise the Bar" for our students with more rigorous classes and homework assignments.
  • Reward our students by keeping good teachers and principals in their school buildings.


  • Eliminate waste with options like "Zero Base Budgeting" the make the budget process more inclusive.
  • Create building "Impact Teams" within our schools that help parents and students become better informed, engaged and connected to their schools and local resources.


  • Ensure on duty police officers are assigned to District buildings to protect and educate our children.
  • Work with first-responders to implement emergency plans that address violence, natural disasters, etc.

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.

Issue 50

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.[6] Voters rejected the tax levy with a 69% majority.[7]

"Scrubbing" investigation

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.[8] 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.[9]

About the district

See also: Columbus City Schools, Ohio
Columbus City Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County and located in central Ohio. The city's population was 787,033 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[10]


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.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Columbus(%) Ohio (%)
White 61.5 82.7
Black or African American 28 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 4.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.5 37.8
2008 59.6 38.9
2004 54.3 45
2000 48.8 47.8

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.[12]

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