Citizens Asked to Voice Their Concerns
This past Wednesday, four statewide education policy makers and 150 citizens from northeast Ohio spent nearly two hours in Avon High School’s cafeteria discussing the impact of the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Community Forum was organized by area superintendents leading a grass roots initiative to give their citizens a stronger voice in shaping statewide education policy. State Representative Teresa Fedor (Toledo) and State School Board members Meryl Johnson (Cleveland), Kathleen McGervey (Avon) and Lisa Woods (Medina) listened intently to concerns about high stakes testing and other provisions of ODE’s plan for ESSA. They thanked everyone for getting involved in this important education policy discussion and emphasized that everyone’s voices not only need to be heard but that they will make a difference. News coverage of the Community Forum appeared on Cleveland.com and in the Elyria Chronicle and Lorain Morning Journal.