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Educating our children is a highly complex process because we as humans are highly complex beings. To numerate the complexity take too long and be too argumentative. It is also VERY expensive to educate our children due to its complexities, yet it is a very noble and important investment in the future of our way of life.

As I campaign to earn a seat on the Cincinnati Board of Education, I have had to explain my position on a variety of issues, some of which have no direct impact on educating children, and others that strike at the very core of the complexities. So I will share my thoughts on a variety of education-related issues and invite your comments. 

Listed are the "Most Talked About" topics. I will continue to share my ideas on those as well as other issues. If you want to comment or if you want me to address an issue that you don't see listed, please reach out to me by clicking on CONTACT and completing the form. Or you can directly email at:


"Most talked about" issues

The "most talked about" issues in this campaign season
Bullying and Discipline
  Charter Schools, Vouchers, and Privatization
  Neighborhood schools and achievement gap
  Preschool expansion/PreSchool Promise

Safe Learning Environments

We must have a learning environment at every school that is safe, nurturing, respectful, and free from intimidation. Whenever situations occur that are counter to that environment, the school community must be able to address and correct in a firm, yet restorative way.

As a School Board, we must establish and enforce policies that protect the learning environment. Additionally, we must insure that as a district, we remain compliant to state and local laws that govern safety in our school buildings as well as anytime students are under our care. Proper communication of policies and supporting processes must go out to everyone: students, teachers, building support staff, principals, parents/guardians, and community supporters - to insure understanding AND to incorporate feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Privatization of Public Education

I do not support the privatization of public education. I do not support the use or expansion of vouchers and do NOT agree that this is the answer to improving education. I am against low-performing charter schools and legislature that increase the footprint of charter schools without public oversight and accountability for its fiscal performance and service to children. Therefore,  shutting down traditional public schools and using those funds to open charter schools is not the answer either (e.g. New Orleans, Chicago). 

However, I also do not like the fact that we have low-performing schools in our district which, in competition with low-performing charter schools, provide NO viable school choice for families, especially for those that are the most vulnerable. Our focus must be on making sure our district schools provide the best for all students.

PreSchool Promise

I supported Issue 44, which included the Pre-School expansion because I believe that as a community we needed to take steps to provide quality pre-school for the children in our district, especially those in the most under-resourced families. I also feel that those community providers that have served families for years (primarily African American female entrepreneurs) should receive support to meet the STAR Quality for their centers. The $15M approved by the voters is a far cry from the original $50M-$60M needed to fund ALL preschoolers. Nevertheless, I plan to do my part over the next 5 years by enforcing a Master Agreement that aligns with the promise and helping in the implementation wherever needed. As a CPS Board member, it would be my desire to see Kindergarten-ready students come to our school, regardless of where they attended pre-school.

Academic Accountability

As a School Board member, I would propose that we work with the Administration to more accurately determine the level of academic performance in each school. This would go beyond just standardized test scores. Once we have additional appropriate measurements, we can determine the types of resources that would stimulate improvement.

Basically every school should have strong leaders in their principal and staff. Every school should have a strong, effective Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) that provides collaborative strategic and tactical plans to address areas for improvement.

Overall, there are policies already in place to address academic performance. The Board and Administration should work with collaboration and accountability to insure that processes and procedures are effectively working.

Achievement Gap

Why is poverty blamed for everything?

Paid for by Marcia Futel for School Board, James Bready, Treasurer, 1323 Burdett Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
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