Earlier this month, 41 regional school districts announced formation of a “Local Control” advocacy group. Milford Superintendent Dr. Robert Farrell has been involved with the group since its inception last winter; he was also one of the superintendents who spoke at the press conference announcing the group. Read the media release here: Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network.
Over the decades, more and more regulations have been placed on public school districts (See a summary of the regulations here: Burden on Public Schools). Some of these are good for our students and should remain in place, no question; others may apply to some districts but not others, yet they cost all districts significantly in time and money.
The purpose of this group is to return control of our local schools to our local professionals – the school boards and the people they hire to deliver the educational services their unique community requires. This will allow school districts to use their resources – people and funds – in the most effective way possible, instead of having to jump through hoops created at the state level that may or may not relate to their specific needs.
We can’t do this without your help. As this group evolves, we will be asking you – our local families & residents – to get involved, by sending letters to legislators, by speaking out. When the time comes, PLEASE HELP US! We will be explaining our unique situations and needs, and showing you where your voice truly can make a difference.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you in advance for your support as we work to change how public schools are managed by the state of Ohio.