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Ohio State Board of Education 9th District 2020 General

The Ohio State Board of Education is an elected executive agency of the Ohio state government, responsible for managing the state's public K-12 education. The board is composed of 19 members. Of those, 11 are elected to four-year terms in all even-numbered years by voters in each of the state's 11 education districts.The Ninth district is comprised of the following counties: Licking, Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Muskingum, Guernsey, Coshocton, Tuscaroras, and PARTS of Franklin, Holmes, and Athens.

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    Michelle Newman

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What is the primary purpose of public education?

How, if at all, should the State Board of Education support anti-racist education in schools?

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

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Campaign Phone (919) 724-3497
Campaign Email Address michelle@michelleforohio.com
Education and Experience BA, Texas A&M University, Communications, 2000 MA, Duke University, Liberal Studies, 2008
The primary purpose of public education is to prepare our students to be well rounded, contributing members of our democracy and workforce. Schools should provide not only general education but should also provide opportunities for students to follow passions in sport, music, drama, social issues, and more. However, our current funding model means that the quality of education is tied to zip code. We must fund our schools more equitably and work to eliminate systematic inequalities and latent biases that are contributing to an inequitable education experience, especially for our Black and Brown students. We must do better for all of our kids to ensure the primary purpose of education is truly realized.
The State Board of Education should ensure that state education standards, model curriculum, and supporting materials provided by the Ohio Department of Education are created and adopted with an elimination of bias. Standards should not exclude important components of history that teach the nation's history of slavery, how our country was founded, and the challenges BIPOC continue to face today. The SBOE should encourage local boards and district leaders to address bias at the local level and commit to ongoing training and educational opportunities for their communities. We have the opportunity to steer long lasting, important, and necessary change.
The SBOE can play an important role by having easy to navigate best practices and tools available for our schools. These best practices should be ones accessible to all of our schools, and we must ensure each school is as safe as any other. It is our responsibility to make sure kids, staff and administrators are provided the resources they need to keep everyone healthy. It is also important that the SBOE monitors current trends and guidelines to advocate for the recommended course of action in a community -whether that is safe restarting or hybrid and virtual options. These are unprecedented times, and it is imperative that the SBOE have clear communication available for the public.