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Age 28
Education B.S. in Human Development and Family Science in 2009. Post-bachelor teaching license from Capital University in 2011.
Campaign email ElectAmberClark@gmail.com
If elected to the school board, I will work to encourage legislators to fix the unconstitutional funding system in Ohio and create a separate funding system for charter schools so that funding is not diverted from Hamilton and sent to failing charter schools without locally elected school board members that are held accountable to taxpayers. Our district lost over 1.3 million dollars last year to charter schools that are not providing the quality education that students get at Hamilton Local. Teachers and administrators in Hamilton Local work hard to stretch each dollar of funding in order to provide each student the education they deserve. The state has the responsibility to ensure that every district has the resources they need to make that goal a reality.
As a high school special education teacher and mother of three children attending Hamilton Local School District, I can offer a unique perspective to the School Board. My experience as a teacher leader on school Building Leadership Teams and Site Steering Committees has prepared me to make data driven decisions to improve educational programs. I have experience evaluating course of study programs and curriculum programs and understand the importance of supplying teachers with appropriate materials. I also have experience contacting and meeting with local legislators about education legislation and policy. My experience as a public school teacher has given me an understanding of the impact of charter schools on public school finances and I will work to ensure that funding does not continue to be diverted to failing charter schools. Finally, my role as a parent to three young children attending Hamilton Local gives me insight on the issues and challenges affecting our district.
Graduates of Hamilton schools must have the 21st century skills necessary to compete in their chosen career field. I will advocate for more opportunities for our students to engage in activities that require them to think creatively and develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare them for college and career. Students in middle school and high school should have opportunities to take courses that allow them to explore their interests and develop attainable post-secondary goals. I would like to see the district increase access to college credit courses and career technical education programs and give students the option to participate in these programs on Hamilton’s campus. This would help students graduate high school with a clear pathway to post-secondary success. Providing these opportunities on our campus with instruction provided by our teachers would make this option more accessible to to the many students that struggle to obtain reliable transportation.
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