Calling for Fairness: Why CCS Must Support Black-Owned Businesses

There’s growing concern over how Columbus City Schools is spending money with Black-owned businesses. Many feel the current system isn’t fair and are calling the fairness of the process into question. This concern is a significant reason behind my stance to encourage a ‘NO’ vote on the upcoming levy. Despite the district’s large expenditure of $332 million last year, only a small portion, just over $8 million, went to Black-owned businesses. With a school district rich in Black culture and students, it begs the question: why aren’t Black-owned businesses receiving more opportunities?


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