Only 71 School Districts Needed
Seventeen years ago, a powerful concept was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his best selling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. In it, he describes the tipping point as the magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. At the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, researchers have discovered that this magic moment is reached when 10 percent of the population becomes convinced of a new or different opinion. For the leaders of the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network, the tipping point phenomenon means that only 71 of Ohio’s 711 public school districts need to be committed to providing their citizens with a stronger voice in shaping statewide education policy for it to become a statewide movement.