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Mayor Coleman's State Of City Address Focused On Education

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Mayor Coleman delivered his 15th State of the City Address Wedneday night. Mayor Coleman delivered his 15th State of the City Address Wedneday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman gave his 15th State of the City address Wednesday night. He said it had been a year of incredible development and job growth, but that the city also dealt with an attendance scandal.

Coleman did not mention the snow, or the lack of plowing, or the many complaints residents have expressed. He did speak of a number of successes and failures the city and its residents saw in 2013.

One of the main themes in the mayor’s speech was education.

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"The curtain has been lifted on the culture of dishonesty that led to the data scrubbing scandal. Public confidence was shattered as demonstrated by the failure of the fall school levy" said Coleman.

After the data scrubbing scandal unfolded, administrators and principals resigned and were fired in 2013.

The data scrubbing made Columbus schools appear to be performing at higher levels than they actually were. In general, many schools performed at grade “D” and “F” levels.

The mayor also introduced Rhonda Johnson as the new director of education for the city, whose job will be to focus on improving schools.

Johnson was the head of the Columbus teachers union.

"The auditor has completed his report and there have been some people who have already resigned. There will be some people who probably will be resigning. So the work hasn't all been done yet, but we're starting to see some daylight here," said Coleman.

Following the speech, the mayor left abruptly.

NBC4 was told he would not take any reporter questions, but would send a spokesperson to a pre-designated interview area, but that never happened.

NBC4 intended to ask the mayor about the unplowed streets.

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