A blogger in Columbus updates us on recent developments there.

First the mayor decided to get involved, which everyone thought would be a good thing.

Then the mayor appointed a panel of “experts,” many of whom do not live in Columbus and 96% of whom are not public school parents.

Then the panel released its plan: “And when the panel came out with suggestions that included eliminating the internal auditor (Carolyn Smith), installing more administration in an already bloated system, and taking in more money to support charter schools… the public response went from disappointment to outrage.”

Then the state legislature jumped in to propose that the panel recommendations go on the ballot. In Ohio these days, state intervention is usually bad news for public schools.

The question is whether the people who depend on the Columbus public schools will stand together to protect them.