are many critical issues facing the State School Board. I address
those that I consider most important at this time. See my
"Issues" page for expanded statements on each of these priorities:
• School Funding - Despite
four Ohio Supreme Court decisions, the General Assembly refuses to
address Ohio’s antiquated, unfair funding method. The state Board
of Education has to provide a "Bully Pulpit" for education advocates in
• Charter Schools - Funding of Charter Schools is taxation without representation.
• The Achievement Gap
- I co-chaired the Board's Task Force on Narrowing the
Achievement Gap which revealed disparities between disadvantaged
minorities and other students. While the Board has made headway
in this area, much work remains.
• Science Curricula
- After five years of discussion, a strong movement persists to teach
Intelligent Design creationism in Ohio's public schools thus
compromising Ohio’s high school science curricula. Not only is
this bad education policy it is bad for the free expression of religion.
ENDORSEMENTS: • Hamilton County
Republican Party • Hamilton County
Democratic Party • Ohio Federation of Teachers • Cincinnati Federation
of Teachers • AFL-CIO • Help Ohio Public Education (HOPE) • Ohio Association of Public
School Employees (OAPSE)
A Note of Thanks from Sam
am honored to receive your continued support to advocate for strong educational policies in Ohio. I have strived--and will
continue to do so--to demand the highest results from the public school system of Ohio for all students.
The recent elections open a unique and exciting window of opportunity
for the Board of Education to provide
leadership on issues I stressed during my recent campaign. I
look forward to meeting and working with the many new people chosen by
Ohio citizens to address our most pressing educational challenges.
I sense a new era of dedication to quality public education in Ohio and
will represent the interests and concerns of the citizens of Hamilton
and Warren counties on the Board of Education and at all levels of
government in Ohio.