Ohio Public School Advocacy Network

On November 21, 2014, Ohio’s public school superintendents kicked off a grass roots initiative to return local control to their public schools by providing their citizens with a stronger voice in shaping statewide education policy.  Their voice is the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network.  This website serves as a clearinghouse for information reporting on public engagement strategies being undertaken through OPSAN to help residents learn how the statewide education reform movement is impacting them, their schools and their communities and what they can do about it.  There are two ways in which highlights of the progress being made by OPSAN will be reported on this web page.  One is through blogs that I have written and will be writing.  You can sign up to receive my blogs on this website.  The other vehicle for reporting on the work of OPSAN are updates on community engagement strategies supporting local control of Ohio’s public schools.  Please contact me about activity supporting the mission of OPSAN that is occurring in your school district so I can include it on this web page.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Corky O’Callaghan – wocallaghan@earthlink.net (216-389-1298)


OPSAN Leadership Team

Emmy Beeson, Superintendent, Tolles Career and Technical Center – ebeeson@tollestech.com (614-873-4666)

Matt Bishop, Superintendent, Preble Shawnee Local Schools – bishopm@psarrows.com (937-452-1283)

A.J. Calderone, Superintendent, LaBrae Local Schools – aj.calderone@labrae.school (330-898-1393)

Andrea Celico, Superintendent, Bedford City Schools – acelico@bedford.k12.oh.us (440-439-4777)

Walter Davis, Superintendent, Woodridge Local Schools – wdavis@woodridge.k12.oh.us (330-928-9074)

Tony Dunn, Superintendent, Belpre City Schools – bc_tdunn@belpre.k12.oh.us (740-423-9511)

Bob Fischer, Superintendent, National Trail Local Schools – bfischer@nationaltrail.us (937-437-3333, ext. 1101)

James Frazier, Superintendent, Brown County ESC – james.frazier@brown.k12.oh.us (937-378-6118, ext. 537)

Mike Gray, Superintendent, Darke County ESC – mike.gray@darkeesc.org (937-548-4915, ext. 215)

John Haswell, Superintendent, Shadyside Local Schools – john.haswell@omeresa.net (740-676-3235)

Bob Hlasko, Superintendent, Cory-Rawson Local Schools – hlasko@cory-rawson.org (419-963-3415)

Mike Hebenthal, Superintendent, Centerburg Local Schools – mike.hebenthal@centerburgschools.org (740-625-6346)

David Hile, Superintendent, Licking Valley Local Schools – hiled@lickingvalley.k12.oh.us (740-763-3525)

Bob Hill, Superintendent, Springfield City Schools – hill@spr.k12.oh.us (937-505-2800)

Chad Hilliker, Assistant Superintendent, Hamilton County ESC – chad.hilliker@hcesc.org (513-674-4332)

Craig Hockenberry, Superintendent, Three Rivers Local Schools – chockenberry@trlsd.org (513-941-6400)

Bob Humble, Superintendent, Sidney City Schools – bob.humble@sidneycityschools.org(937-494-2032)

Steve Kramer, Director of Customer Engagement, Hamilton County ESC – steve.kramer@hcesc.org (513-674-4200

Dale Lewellen, Superintendent, Licking County ESC – Dlewellen@laca.org (740-349-6084)

Jim Lloyd, Superintendent, Olmsted Falls City Schools – jlloyd@ofcs.org (440-427-6001)

Brad Neavin, Former Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools – bneavin@gmail.com (937-533-0625)

Jeff Parker, Superintendent, Eaton Community Schools – jparker@eaton.k12.oh.us (937-456-1107)

Greg Power, Superintendent, Little Miami Local Schools – gpower@littlemiamischools.com (513-899-2264)

Greg Ring, Former Superintendent, ESC of Lorain County – gdr_esc@yahoo.com (440-324-5777)

Meri Skilliter, Superintendent, Ada Exempted Village Schools – skillitermesc@adabulldogs.org (419-634-6421)

Jeff Snyder, Superintendent, Lincolnview Local Schools – jsnyder@lincolnview.k12.oh.us (419-968-2226, ext. 3208)

Jill Sheridan, Superintendent, East Muskingum Local Schools – jsheridan@eastmschools.org (740-826-7655)

Shelly Vaughn, Superintendent, Mercer County ESC – shelly.vaughn@mercercountyesc.org (419-486-6628, ext. 226)

Jeff Weir, Superintendent, Clermont County ESC – weir_j@ccesc.org (513-735-8371)

Mike Zalar, Superintendent, North Olmsted City Schools – mike.zalar@nocseagles.org (440-779-3548)


OPSAN School Districts

Ada Exempted Village School District

Allen East Local School District

Amherst Exempted Village School District

Ayersville Local School District

Apollo Career Center

Archbold Area Local School District

Avon Local School District

Avon Lake City School District

Barberton City School District

Batavia Local School District

Bath Local School District

Bedford City School District

Bellevue City School District

Belpre City School District

Bethel-Tate Local School District

Black River Local School District

Buckeye Local School District

Butler County Educational Service Center

Celina City School District

Centerburg Local School District

Cincinnati Public Schools

Clearview Local School District

Clermont County Educational Service Center

Clermont Northeastern Local School District

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Cloverleaf Local School District

Columbia Local School District

Columbus Grove Local School District

Coldwater Exempted Village School District

Copley-Fairlawn City School District

Cory-Rawson Local School District

Deer Park Community City School District

Delphos City School District

East Muskingum Local School District

Edgewood City School District

Elida Local School District

Elyria City School District

Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Fairbanks Local School District

Fairfield City School District

Fairlawn Local School District

Felicity-Franklin Local School District

Finneytown Local School District

Firelands Local School District

Forest Hills School District

Gibsonburg Local School District

Goshen Local School District

Hamilton City School District

Hamilton County Educational Service Center

Hardin Northern Local School District

Highland Local School District

Hopewell-Louden Local School District

Hudson City School District

Indian Hill School District

Jennings Local School District

Kenston Local School District

Kenton City School District

Keystone Local School District

Kings Local School District

Kirtland Local School District

LaBrae Local School District

Lakota Local School District

Liberty-Benton Local School District

Licking Valley Local School District

Lima City School District

Lincolnview Local School District

Little Miami School District

Lockland City School District

Lorain City School District

Lorain County Joint Vocational School District

Loveland City School District

McComb Local School District

Madeira City School District

Madison Local School District

Mogadore Local School District

Mariemont City School District

Marion Local School District

Mason City School District

Medina City School District

Mercer County Educational Service Center

Middletown City School District

Midview Local School District

Milford School District

Miller City-New Cleveland Local School District

Minster Local School District

Monroe Local School District

Morgan Local School District

Mt. Healthy City School District

New Riegel Local School District

New Miami Local School District

New Richmond Exempted Village School District

North College Hill City School District

North Olmsted City School District

North Ridgeville City School District

Northmont City School District

Northwest Local School District

Norwood City School District

Oak Hills Local School District

Old Forte Local School District

Olmsted Falls City School District

Oberlin City School District

Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District

Ottoville Local School District

Pandora-Gilboa Local School District

Parkway Local School District

Preble Shawnee Local School District

Princeton City School District

Reading Community School District

Ridgemont Local School District

Riverdale Local School District

Ross Local School District

Russia Local School District

Seneca East Local School District

Shadyside Local School District

Shawnee Local School District

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District

Southern Ohio Educational Service Center

Southwest Local School District

Spencerville Local School District

Springboro Community School District

Springfield City School District

Springfield Local School District (Summit County)

St. Bernard/EP School District

St. Henry Local School District

St. Marys City School District

Sycamore Community School District

Talawanda School District

Three Rivers School District

Twin Valley Community School District

Van Wert City School District

Vandalia-Butler City School District

Vermilion Local School District

Wadsworth City School District

Wapakoneta City School District

Waynesville-Goshen Local School District

Wellington Exempted Village School District

West Clemont Local School District

Williamsburg Local School District

Winton Woods School District

Woodridge Local School District

Wyoming City School District


To read the blogs listed below, click the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network under “Categories” located on the right side and at the bottom of this web page.)

Undercutting Learning (7-15-19)

Taking Ownership of Their Learning (7-12-19)

An Unwritten Rule (7-8-19)

OPSAN Leader Testifies (6-27-19)

Challenging the Good News Narrative (6-24-19)

Up Close and Personally (6-18-19)

The Fear of Losing Our Democracy (6-5-19)

Boardman Hosting Fair Funding Discussion (5-30-19)

Bill to Reduce Testing Time (5-20-19)

The Power of Deliberation (5-13-19)

OPSAN Facebook Group (5-1-19)

Helping One Another (4-10-19)

Fair School Funding Plan (3-29-19)

Heights Board Resolution (3-25-19)

Northwestern Study Revealing (3-18-19)

Madeira Board Speaks Out (3-4-19)

Is It Time to Kill Annual Testing? (2-24-19)

OPSAN Update (2-13-19)

OPSAN Symposium (2-6-19)

Keeping Citizens on the Sidelines (1-31-19)

Cleaning Up the Mess from Sacred Cows (1-22-19)

The Loss of Public Ownership (1-15-19)

An Unwritten Rule (1-9-19)

Singapore Abolishing School Exam Rankings (12-17-18)

Teacher Shortage a Growing Crisis (12-10-18)

Last Evening (12-5-18)

Why Civics Education Matters (11-28-18)

The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout (11-19-18)

Obama’s Lost Army (11-13-18)

Words of Hope and Aspiration (11-7-18)

A Concern I’d Like to Share (10-30-18)

Conventional Wisdom Misleading (10-4-18)

Why Deliberation Is So Important (10-4-18)

Inspiration from Lancaster, PA (9-18-18)

The Threat from One of Our Founding Principles (9-12-18)

The Growing Teacher Shortage (9-7-18)

Becoming a Grassroots Movement (8-30-18)

Thinking Together (8-20-18)

Ships Passing in the Night (7-24-18)

Trapped in a Culture of Election Cycles (7-9-18)

A Failing Grade for Ohio (6-27-18)

Whatever You Ask Us to Do (6-20-18)

Cleaning Up the Mess from Sacred Cows (6-12-18)

Co-producing Education Policies and Services (6-6-18)

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests (5-31-18)

What Test Scores Really Tell Us (5-22-18)

Who Gets to Say (5-14-18)

A Way to Increase Support for Our Schools (5-9-18)

The Value of Citizen Participation (4-30-18)

More Evidence That Reforms Not Working (4-23-18)

The Lesson from Senate Bill 216 (4-17-18)

An Important Message from Battelle for Kids (4-9-18)

An Analogy for the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network (4-3-18)

The Cost of Abandoning Our Public Schools (3-26-18)

What He Learned from School Safety Meeting (3-20-18)

News Coverage of School Safety Meeting (3-15-18)

Silence the Enemy of Change (3-12-18)

Governor Wants to Run the Public Schools (3-5-18)

The Impact of Witnessing Violence (2-27-18)

Time to Take the Bull by the Horns (2-23-18)

Superintendents Fight Back (2-14-18)

Charlie’s Flip-flop on Public Engagement (2-6-18)

Empowerment Rather Than Engagement (2-2-18)

Need More from Our Public Engagement (1-31-18)

Taking Care of Our Children (1-25-18)

State-mandated Test for Kindergarteners (1-15-18)

Same Conclusion from Different Perspectives (1-8-18)

Acknowledgement That Reforms Haven’t Worked (1-2-18)

Reason for Hope for Our Democracy (12-19-17)

If We Truly Cared How Our Students End Up (12-14-17)

How I Learned What Not to Do as a School Superintendent (12-6-17)

Charlie’s Take on Education’s Goal (11-30-17)

The Only Way to Turn It Around (11-27-17)

The Overuse of Standardized Tests (11-16-17)

Bringing Us Together (11-13-17)

20 Years from Now (11-7-17)

Some Food for Thought (10-31-17)

Video of Senator Huffman’s Testimony (10-25-17)

Local Forum Created to Discuss Education Policy (10-23-17)

Would Mean More Local Control (11-17-17)

Bill Introduced to Roll Back Mandates (10-12-17)

Positive Reaction from His Staff (10-9-17)

A Colossal Waste of Taxpayer Money (10-4-17)

Working Together for a Common Purpose (9-20-17)

School Performance and Classroom Temperature (9-15-17)

Redefining Student Success Our Way (9-11-17)

Wisdom of the Crowd (8-28-17)

Meet Your State Board Member Discussions (8-22-17)

Only 71 School Districts Needed (8-10-17)

Shifting Away from Standardized Tests (8-1-17)

The Mission of K-12 Education (7-26-17)

Not a Spring But a Marathon  (7-20-17)

Energizing a Neighborhood’s Commitment to Educating (7-17-17)

A State Assessment for Politicians (7-10-17)

Local Control Goals in District’s Strategic Plan (7-5-17)

Public Support for Local Control (6-26-17)

A Very Important Question (6-21-17)

People Support What They Create (6-19-17)

A Relaxed and Productive Discussion (6-9-17)

Main Goal of Public School Education? (6-5-17)

One of Their Major Challenges (5-30-17)

Something to Think About (5-22-17)

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For (5-18-17)

Why an Engaged Public Is Necessary (5-13-17)

Worth Viewing Again and Sharing (5-9-17)

The Case Against Exit Exams (4-26-17)

A $2 Billion Annual Testing Business (4-20-17)

The Impact of High Stakes Testing (4-18-17)

Evidence That Public Schools Outperform Private Ones (4-11-17)

Underlying Many of Our Problems (4-7-17)

Recommendations from Community Forum (4-4-17)

Trying to Make Good Decisions (3-31-17)

Good News for Local Citizens (3-28-17)

Overreliance the Core Concern (3-20-17)

Mobilizing Community Support at Little Miami (3-16-17)

Another Insight from Charlie (3-13-17)

Licking Valley Joins Grassroots Network (3-10-17)

Community Discussion in Fremont (3-7-17)

A Teacher’s Plea (3-3-17)

The Push for Less Testing (2-28-17)

Citizens Asked to Voice Their Concerns (2-24-17)

News Coverage of ESSA Forum at Bath (2-23-17)

Just Saying (2-16-17)

State Ignoring the Public’s Wishes (2-14-17)

Community Forum Set for Feb. 22 (2-13-17)

Outraged by State’s Test and Punish Philosophy (2-7-17)

A Call to Action (2-6-17)

Discussion of Graduation Requirements (2-2-17)

More Districts Join Statewide Network (1-31-17)

Springfield Joins Statewide Network (1-27-17)

The Impact of Being Kept on the Sidelines (1-23-17)

They Will Step Up (1-19-17)

A Community-Based Model of Accountability (1-12-17)

“A Golden Opportunity” (1-9-17)

How All Great Things Begin (1-5-17)

The Timing of ODE’s ESSA Plan (1-3-17)

Our Children’s First Educator (12-22-16)

A Book Recommendation (12-19-16)

The Importance of Collaboration (12-15-16)

States Urged to Double Down (12-13-16)

Why School?  (12-5-16)

Readiness for College (11-28-16)

Why Superintendents Are So Concerned (11-22-16)

Grass Roots Network Continues to Grow (11-17-16)

When Writing Is Not Enough (11-14-15)

Citizens Want to Meet with Their Legislators (11-9-16)

A Plan to Respond to ODE’s ESSA Policy (11-7-16)

Superintendent Rally Set for November 15 (11-1-16)

Ready for a Change (10-27-16)

Superintendents Make ESSA Recommendations (10-24-16)

Charlie’s Take on Local Control (10-19-16)

Thanks from Lorain County Parents (10-17-16)

Putnam County Schools Call for Reduced Testing (10-13-16)

“Report Cards Should Be Dumped” (10-10-16)

Radio Interview Shared with Staff and Parents (10-5-16)

Alliance for Arts Education Reports Survey Results (10-3-16)

Akron Area Superintendents Take a Stand (9-21-16)

More Superintendents Say State Testing System Flawed (9-20-16)

Report Cards Called a Train Wreck (9-19-16)

Coverage in Findlay and Lima Newspapers (9-14-16)

Superintendents’ Letter Generates Front-page Story (9-9-16)

Letter from Lorain County Superintendents (9-8-16)

Breakout Session at BASA Fall Conference (9-1-16)

Sage Advice (8-11-16)

A Public Voice That’s Missing (7-18-16)

Education Policy Alert (7-14-16)

Heights Coalition for Public Education (6-29-16)

Tweety and Sylvester (6-24-16)

A Video Worth Viewing (6-8-16)

Survey Report Being Shared (6-2-16)

How Citizens View Education Reform Policies (5-24-16)

Ayersville on Board (5-18-16)

Survey Results Reported in Lima News (5-16-16)

Citizens and Education Policymakers on Different Pages (5-11-16)

Support for Tom Lasley Growing (5-9-16)

Lima TV reports on Public Schools Survey (5-5-16)

A Concern That I Share (4-26-16)

Discussing the Scope and Impact of ESSA (4-19-16)

Most Not Too Busy to Help Make a Difference (4-14-16)

Creating a Statewide Movement (4-12-16)

Local Control Initiative to Be Discussed at ESC Conference (4-5-16)

Taking Back Our Country (4-1-16)

An Invitation to Help Spread the Word (3-28-16)

And “We Will Not Waste Our Teachers’ Time” (3-23-16)

Fairlawn Joins Advocacy Network (3-21-16)

Superintendent Slams State Report Card (3-16-16)

State Rep Applauds Formation of Advocacy Network (3-11-16)

Shelby County on Board (3-9-16)

40 More Superintendents Join Grass Roots Network (3-7-16)

Our Best Hope (3-2-16)

In a Democracy (2-24-16)

A Letter to the Residents of His School District (2-22-16)

23 Ohio Counties Represented (2-18-16)

State Representative Reaches Out (2-14-16)

Network Leader for Summit County (2-8-16)

More Superintendents on Board (2-4-16)

Validity of State Report Card Questioned (2-1-16)

More Than 200,000 Students (1-26-16)

Two More Superintendents Join OPSAN (1-20-16)

Why Local Control Is So Important (1-18-16)

A Carpe Diem Moment (1-13-16)

More Counties Joining OPSAN (1-11-16)

An Opening for Real Local Control (1-6-16)

Ohio Public School Advocacy Network Expanding (12-22-15)

Noise from Columbus and Washington a Distraction (12-14-15)

Warren County Superintendents Speak Out (12-9-15)

$55 Million Lost to Charter Schools (12-3-15)

An Historic Demonstration of Mutual Support (12-1-15)

Public Support for Restoring Local Control (11-24-15)

Why Coffee Discussions Work (11-16-15)

More Superintendent Meetings Scheduled (11-12-15)

His Message:  Restore Local Control (11-9-15)

The Word Is Spreading (11-4-15)

Superintendents Speak Out about Charters (10-26-15)

It Couldn’t Have Gone Much Better (10-19-15)

Primed and Ready to Take Some Action (10-15-15)

Deer Park’s Evolving Community Conversation (10-2-15)

Local Officials Working Together (9-6-15)

Meeting Set with School, Township and City Officials (8-27-15)

News Coverage of Monday’s Announcement (8-4-15)

School Advocacy Network Formed in Southwest Ohio (8-2-15)

Support from the North Olmsted City Council (6-22-15)

Grass Roots Initiative Moving Forward (6-12-15)

Lorain County Videos (5-28-15)

Discussion with Lorain County Business Leaders (5-19-15)

Editor Comments on Vandalia-Butler Board Resolution (5-4-15)

School Board Resolution to Take Back Local Control (5-1-15)

An Update at Little Miami (4-18-15)

Encouraging Parents to Contact Their Legislators (4-2-15)

A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Superintendents (3-30-15)

Starting Point for a Much-needed Conversation (3-20-15)

Strong Support from His Community (3-13-15)

Discussing His Concerns with Parents and the Community (3-4-15)

Superintendents’ Efforts Appreciated (3-1-15)

Re-gaining Control of Our Public Schools (2-18-15)

When Is Enough, Enough? (2-14-15)

Middle School Teacher Speaks Out (2-12-15)

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee (2-10-15)

A Warning Letter about PARCC (2-7-15)

Stunned Silence (1-30-15)

A Great Irony Revisited (1-28-15)

Reaching Out to His Staff (1-24-15)

Time to Contact Members of Congress (1-22-15)

Feedback from My First Book Discussion (1-19-15)

Parent Reaction to PARCC (1-16-15)

An Update on the Ohio Initiative (1-10-15)

A Strategy to Expose the Impact of Education Reform (1-8-15)

Loss of Funds to Charter Schools (12-8-14)

An Important Initiative in Ohio (11-25-14)


Community Engagement Strategies 

Every Student Succeeds Act

  • News coverage in the Lima News of the regional community forum on February 22, 2017 at Lima Bath Elementary School.  The link to the story is http://limaohio.com/news/231433/school-group-seeks-major-changes.
  • A resolution passed on March 15 by the Columbia Local School District Board of Education urging the Ohio Department of Education to make changes in its plan for ESSA.  Contact: Corky O’Callaghan at wocallaghan@earthlink.net (216-389-1298).
  • A letter to Little Miami Familes.  Contact:  Greg Power, Superintendent, Little Miami Local Schools at gpower@littlemiamischools.com (513-899-2264).
  • The response from 18 school districts in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties to ODE’s plan for ESSA.  Contact Jim Lloyd, Superintendent, Olmsted Falls City Schools at jlloyd@ofcs.org (440-427-6001).

Visioning and beliefs initiative

  • Ohio superintendents engaged in a process of creating a vision and set of beliefs for educating Ohio’s children.  Contact:  Emmy Beeson, Superintendent, Ridgemont Local Schools at beeson@ridgemont.k12.oh.us (937-354-2441).

Public opinion surveys

  • A consolidated report of four public opinion surveys conducted by the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network in 18 Ohio counties from January 2014 through April 2016 asking residents how they feel about the education reform mandates impacting their local schools.  Contact:  Corky O’Callaghan at wocallaghan@earthlink.net (216-389-1298).
  • Public opinion survey conducted in 45 school districts by the Northwest Ohio/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network asking residents how they feel about the education reform mandates impacting their local schools.  Contact:  Dale Lewellen, Superintendent, Bath Local Schools at lewellend@bathwildcats.org  (419-615-7328).
  • County-wide survey asking residents how they feel about the education reform mandates impacting their local schools.   Contact:  Greg Ring, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County at ring@esclc.org (440-324-5777).
  • County-wide survey asking residents how they feel about the education reform mandates impacting their local schools.  Contact:  Brad Neavin, Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools at bradley.neavin@vbcsd.com (937-415-6415).
  • County-wide survey asking residents how they feel about the education reform mandates impacting their local schools.  Contact: Jeff Langdon, Superintendent, Deer Park City Schools at langdon.j@dpccsd.org (513-891-0222).

Book discussions

  • Discussion among school officials in the Greater Cincinnati area about America’s Schools at a Turning Point.  Contact:  Jeff Langdon, Superintendent, Deer Park City Schools at langdon.j@dpccsd.org (513-891-0222).
  • Discussion about America’s Schools at a Turning Point by the administrative leadership team at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.  Contact:  Greg Ring, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County at ring@esclc.org (440-324-5777).
  • Discussion about America’s Schools at a Turning Point by the administrative leadership team at North Olmsted City Schools.  Contact:  Mike Zalar, Superintendent, North Olmsted City Schools at mike.zalar@nocseagles.org (440-779-3548).

Coffee conversations

  • Discussions in two Lorain County school districts about the impact of education reform in Ohio.  Contact:  Greg Ring, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County at ring@esclc.org (440-324-5777).
  • Discussion in the Deer Park City School District about the impact of education reform in Ohio.  Contact:  Jeff Langdon, Superintendent, Deer Park City Schools at langdon.j@dpccsd.org (513-891-0222).
  • 100 coffee discussions regarding school facility needs and the impact of state-mandated education mandates in the Fremont City School District.  Contact:  Traci McCaudy, Superintendent, Fremont City Schools at superintendent@fremont.k12.oh.us (419-334-5432).

Communication with school board members

  • Viewing and discussion of the educational documentary, “Rise Above the Mark,” by the Bath Board of Education.  Contact:  Dale Lewellen, Superintendent, Bath Local Schools at lewellend@bathwildcats.org  (419-615-7328).

Communication with school parents

  • Discussions with school parents in the Kirtland Local School District about the impact of education reform in Ohio.  Contact: Steve Barrett, Superintendent at steve.barrett@kirtlandschools.org (440-256-3360).
  • Letter to school parents regarding PARCC.  Contact:  Mark Neal, Superintendent, Tri-Valley Local Schools at mneal@tvschools.org (740-754-1442).
  • Email blast encouraging parents to contact their legislators and ask them for some relief on state testing.  Contact:  Bob Scott, Superintendent, Avon Lake City Schools at robert.scott@avonlakecityschools.org (440-933-6210).

District-wide community meetings

  • Discussion with residents in the West Clemont Local School District about the impact of education reform in Ohio.  Contact:  Keith Kline, Superintendent, West Clermont Local Schools at kline_k@westcler.org (513-943-5039).

Board of Education resolutions

  • Resolution passed by the boards of education in Lorain County’s 11 school districts and educational service center advocating for more local control of Ohio’s public schools.  Contact:  Greg Ring, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County at ring@esclc.org (440-324-5777).
  • Resolution passed by the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education advocating for more local control of Ohio’s public schools.  Contact:  Brad Neavin, Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools at bradley.neavin@vbcsd.com (937-415-6415).
  • Resolution from the Revere Board of Education advocating for a change state law to ensure greater accountability for Ohio’s charter schools.  Contact:  Matthew Montgomery, Superintendent, Revere Local Schools at mmontgomery@revereschools.org (330-659-6111).
  • Resolution regarding student testing from the Elida Board of Education.  Contact:  Joel Hatfield, Superintendent, Elida Local Schools at jhatfield@elida.k12.oh.us (419-331-4155).
  • Resolution adopted by the Logan-Hocking school board to bill the state of Ohio for nearly $5 million for deductions for charter students.  Contact:  Stephen Stirn, Superintendent, Logan-Hocking Local Schools at sstirn@lhsd.k12.oh.us (740-385-8517).
  • Resolution adopted by the Elyria Board of Education invoicing the Ohio Department of Education for $55,657,478.26 in state and local funding lost to charter schools between fiscal year 2002 and 2015.  Contact:  Thomas Jama, Superintendent, Elyria City Schools at JamaThomas@elyriaschools.org (440-284-8201).

School newsletters and websites

  • Information in Pandora-Gilboa’s district newsletter and on its website regarding the impact of the education reform movement.  Contact:  Todd Schmutz, Superintendent, Pandora-Gilboa Local School District at schmutzt@pg.noacsc.org (419-384-3225).

Columns and editorials

  • Letter published in the Athens Messenger from Federal Hocking ‘s Superintendent regarding the state budget for k-12 public schools.  Contact:  George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools at gwood@fedhock.com (740-662-6691).
  • Statement in the Lima News from Putnam County Superintendents in response to an anti-public school editorial.  Contact:  Jan Osborn, Superintendent, Putnam County Educational Service Center at josborn@putnamcountyesc.org (419-523-5951).
  • Column in the Troy Daily News by Miami County ESC Superintendent Tom Dunn regarding his distress over student testing.  Contact:  Tom Dunn, Superintendent, Miami County Educational Service Center at tom.dunn@miami.k12.oh.us (937-339-5100).
  • Commentary from Warren County school superintendents  in Today’s Pulse asking that charter schools across the state be held to the same standards and make do with the same resources given to our public school students.
  • Column in the Dayton Daily News from Oakwood City Schools Superintendent Kyle Ramey who writes that the noise from Columbus and Washington is getting louder and louder, distracting legislators, distracting educators, distracting parents and distracting kids.

Communication with state policymakers

  • Letter to the Ohio Department of Education regarding the safe harbor provision of student testing.  Contact:  Jim Lloyd, Superintendent, Olmsted Falls City Schools at jlloyd@ofcs.net (440-427-6000).
  • Testimony from Mentor Exempted Village Schools on state testing of students.  Contact:  Matthew Miller, Superintendent, Mentor Exempted Village Schools at mmiller@mentorschools.org (440-974-5220).
  • Email from Little Miami Superintendent Greg Power to State Superintendent Dick Ross regarding his concerns about student testing.  Contact:  Greg Power, Superintendent, Little Miami Local Schools at gpower@littlemiamischools.com (513-899-2264).
  • Senate Education Committee testimony on student testing that was shared with school district staff, parents and the community.  Contact:  Jeff Langdon, Superintendent, Deer Park City Schools at langdon.j@dpccsd.org (513-891-0222).
  • Senate Education Committee testimony on student testing that was shared with school district employees.  Contact:  Brad Neavin, Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools at bradley.neavin@vbcsd.com (937-415-6415).
  • Invoice from Woodridge Local School District to the Ohio Department of Education requesting funding lost to charter schools.  Contact: Walter Davis, Superintendent, Woodridge Local School Schools at wdavis@woodridge.k12.oh.us (220-928-9074).

Collaboration among local elected officials

  • Discussion among school board members, township trustees and city officials in the Vandalia-Butler City School District about how state mandates are impacting their entire community.  Contact:  Brad Neavin, Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools at bradley.neavin@vbcsd.com (937-415-6415).
  • Resolution by the Vandalia City Council calling upon the state of Ohio to cease and desist from enacting laws and policies that further erode local control for municipalities, townships and school districts.  Contact:  Brad Neavin, Superintendent, Vandalia-Butler City Schools at bradley.neavin@vbcsd.com (937-415-6415).




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