• Columbus Board of Education Candidates Speak Out on Issues

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Citizen Advocates for Public Education (CAPE Ohio) recognize that actions and decisions by members of the Columbus Board of Education impact greatly the education, development, and lives of thousands of children and the communities in which they will live and work.

The Board’s actions also affect the future of our system of public education that has anchored for generations America’s democracy by providing broad and generous opportunities for all citizens.

CAPE Ohio invited the candidates for Columbus City School Board to send written responses to a set of five questions. Our intent was not to endorse, but to learn of each candidate’s views and plans for improving the quality of education for all children and for strengthening teaching, advising and supporting students and to post responses to the CAPE Ohio website.

Responses and Follow-Up Discussions with Candidates



What Is CAPE Ohio?

As citizen advocates, we defend the concept of public education as envisioned by the nation’s founders. At the same time, we seek the transformation that will improve and advance learning so that all students thrive. (Read more about CAPE Ohio)



Our Vision for Public Education

Recent cycles of reform have treated public education as if it were a large manufacturing concern, with controllable inputs and raw materials. Education is different. (Read the CAPE Ohio Vision)


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Principles for Redefining Public Education

We hope that decision makers—students, parents, teachers, boards of education, legislators, administrators—will use these principles in developing policies and practices before it’s too late. (Read the Thirteen Principles)