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Ohio Board of Education - District 3

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    Dawn Wojcik

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Campaign Phone (513) 910-8010
Age 45
City/town Liberty Township, OH
Education/Degrees B.S. Information Technology, Capella University H.S. Diploma, LaSalle High School
Community Involvement Vice-President, Lakota Sports Organization Veteran Employment Advocate
Campaign Message Return control of Education to the Local Level
Ohio is spending more than ever before on education, yet our national ranking in education compared to other states continues to fall. As the parent of four children in the public school system, as well as a taxpayer, this is alarming and needs to change.
I am a lifelong Ohio resident with a passion for service. From 2009-2012, I was one of three elected Libertarians in the state of Ohio, serving as a Councilman for the city of Cheviot. I had the great fortune of attending two of the most prolific schools in the state, graduating from Cincinnati LaSalle High School after completing grade school at the now defunct Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education (CAPE). I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Capella University, one of the pioneers in online, competency-based education. It is this diversity of educational background that I feel gives me a unique perspective on how best to address the problems facing public education today.
I think we should start with all the bureaucratic overhead in Columbus and Washington, D.C.
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Campaign Phone (937) 681-9404
Age 62
City/town Trotwood, OH
Education/Degrees 1974 Madeira High School, High School Diploma; 1978 University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts Degree; 1981 University of Dayton, Master of Science Degree in Education
Community Involvement Western Ohio Education Association, Retired; Northwest Montgomery County Democratic Party, president; Trotwood Neighborhood Transformation Team; Trotwood Church of the Brethren, Leadership Team
Endorsements AFL-CIO; AFSCME/OAPSE; OEA; Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble County Democratic Parties
Campaign Message Vote for Dawn E. Wojcik, an experienced teacher & leader advocating for high quality public schools
I am running for Ohio School Board District 3 because I believe every Ohio child deserves a high quality public education. I am concerned about the over-reliance on high-stakes testing, the lack of accountability for charter schools, and the current punitive narrative about public education in Ohio. As a retired teacher and an activist, I will stand up for our students, our families, and our schools.
I am the best candidate because my career in public education and my activism for sensible education policy and funding have given me the skills I need to serve effectively on the Ohio School Board. The perspective of a classroom teacher is sorely needed on this board. A Madeira High School and University of Dayton graduate, I taught English at Morgan City High School in Morgan City, Louisiana for 3 years and English and Spanish at Northmont High School, Clayton, OH for 27 years. During that time I advocated for better learning conditions for students as the president of the Northmont District Education Association, the president of the Western Ohio Education Association, and on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Education Association. Much of that work involved bargaining, lobbying, and problem-solving. I will use that experience to be an effective Ohio School Board member.
As a member of the Ohio School Board, I will not have the authority to make budget decisions. As one of 19 board members, I can recommend policy. I will advocate for greater accountability for charter schools. With proper oversight, charter schools could be an asset to the public school offerings in Ohio. That is not currently the case. Today, millions of tax dollars have been stolen from our public schools because of the ECOT scandal. All charter schools are not like ECOT, but it’s not clear who holds the operators of these schools accountable. I will also recommend a reduction in high-stakes testing. The resources and time allocated for testing is reducing the time students are learning. Over-reliance on high-stakes testing hurts students, teachers, and schools as their evaluations are primarily based on these tests. There is not a one-size-fits-all method to show student achievement. We need fairer assessments.
As a member of the Ohio School Board, I will not have the authority to raise fees or taxes. I will recommend adequate and equitable funding for all aspects of education. Of special note recently is the research showing the importance of early childhood education. I will recommend that the legislature increase funding to support these efforts rather than taking from other educational funding to implement effective programs. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not a sound financial plan.
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