Taking Back Our Country
For the past 25 years, I’ve seen firsthand the positive power of the American spirit. I’ve observed over and over again how citizens will put aside their differences and come together to pass tax issues and productively address other challenges impacting their schools and communities. This innate desire to step up and be counted, I believe, serves as the engine driving the work of the Ohio Public School Advocacy Network, a statewide initiative to restore local control of our state’s public schools. With that said, I recently came across evidence that Ohio’s educational initiative is being fueled by a growing national movement to not only to take back our public schools but, even more broadly, to take back our country. No Labels is a national citizens organization working inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway and around the nation to usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics: “No Labels is for all those who have had it up to their eyebrows with all the petty infighting, party-first agendas and hyper-partisan wheel-spinning that are keeping the government from doing the people’s work.” The primary goal of No Labels is to start a national movement that will culminate in a Federal government that sees the presidential administration and both houses of Congress working together to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals that will solve the nation’s problems. From my vantage point, it is clear that this national movement has already begun and is now reaching a tipping point.