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Opinion: Make Your Vote Count

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: Make Your Vote Count
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Columbus City Schools (CCS) is the largest district in the state of Ohio. Yet, in the last two CCS school board election cycles, the participation rate for all eligible voters has averaged only 16% in the general election. 

Our students deserve the most talented, professional, and principled public servants that the community can elect. 

In the fall of 2019, Columbus will elect five of the seven members that comprise the board. The metrics below give an “at-a-glance” profile of the district these new board members will lead:

Clearly the data underscores the importance of and need for effective, elected school leaders. They must be able to work collaboratively with the district superintendent, civic leaders, families, and each other to ensure quality schooling for our children, an educated workforce, and an engaged citizenry for Columbus.

Given the stakes for our students and the community at-large, it is imperative that more voters are informed about and incented to participate in the school board electoral process.

To that end, we have joined together to sponsor a candidate forum night on Tuesday, October 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Downtown High School in order to help voters more fully engage in the vetting and election of school board members. 

Our goals are simple: 

  1. Heighten awareness and understanding of the critical issues confronting CCS. 
  2. Provide more and better information and discussion about school board candidates’ qualifications and policy positions. 
  3. Increase appreciation of the importance of the school board’s role and the need to engage in the electoral process to elect the best qualified board members.

Your vote can make a difference in the lives of Columbus City School children and the well-being of our community. Please join us at the forum. Get informed. Vote!

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