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Ohio Board of Education, District 11

Term: 4 yearsSalary: ZeroThe incumbent, Meryl Johnson, was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2016. A resident of Cleveland, she has two challengers in this nonpartisan race: Michele Elba, of Warrensville Heights, and Richard Neale, of Brooklyn. The state board of education is made up of 19 members - 11 elected by Ohio voters and eight appointed by the governor. The chairs of the education committees of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate serve as non-voting ex officio members. The State Board focuses on the following objectives: Teaching 21st century knowledge and skills for real-world success; Effectively delivering support for a high quality education; Providing sufficient resources which are efficiently managed; and Developing a statewide outreach and communication strategy on board policy and the importance of education in the 21st century.

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Given our experience with COVID-19, what role can the state board play in helping school districts protect the health and well-being of the community while providing education to our children?

What information should the state board of education collect, analyze, and report so policymakers and residents of Ohio can evaluate how well all schools that receive public funds are serving students and communities?

How satisfied are you with Ohio's testing program and its current use to define education quality and decide who graduates or advances to fourth grade?

Do you think the state board of education has a role in addressing the impact of the digital divide on public education?

What is the primary purpose of public education?