School superintendents will discuss their challenges to state policy at Jan. 29 forum
When it comes to public education, Ohio state policymakers have passed laws that shrink resources for local schools, diminish local control, impose limiting graduation requirements, reduce the evaluation of the quality of education in a school district to a letter grade, and attempt to standardize education and outcomes.
As the policies have taken hold, their detrimental effects are being felt across the state. School leaders from diverse school districts are beginning to challenge mandates that work against the best interests of their students and diminish public education.
On Jan. 29, three Northeast Ohio school superintendents will discuss what they have done to advocate for their students and quality public education. The public forum, Superintendents Fight Back, will take place in the Cleveland Heights High School cafeteria, 7–8:30 p.m.
Superintendents Jim Lloyd, Walter Davis and Talisa Dixon, from Olmsted Falls, Woodridge and Cleveland Heights-University Heights, respectively, will discuss their concerns and actions. Tom Schmida, past president of the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, AFT Local 795, will moderate the program.
The forum is the first in a three-part series that will explore Education in a Democracy, sponsored by the Heights Coalition for Public Education. Additional forums are scheduled for Feb. 12 and Feb. 26. The forums are free and open to the public. Child care is available by reservation; call 216-321-0020.
The coalition comprises parents, community members and educators who are committed to a system of public schools that provide all children an education that gives them the opportunity to succeed in life. For more information visit the coalition’s website, www,chuh.net/coalition.
Susie Kaeser is a regular contributor to the Heights Observer and the co-convener of the Heights Coalition for Public Education.