How the People of Lorain County, Ohio, Are Saving Their Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Bill Phillis, former deputy state commissioner in Ohio, founded the Ohio Equity & Adequacy Coalition to support public education. Now retired, he is an expert on the funding of education. Consider joining his email list and contributing to its work. You can contact him at:

He writes:

The 16 school district superintendents and the ESC superintendent in Lorain County have been engaging their respective communities in evaluating the education “reforms” handed down from Washington D.C. and Columbus. These superintendents have been speaking out responsibly regarding the “reforms,” including the voucher programs and charter industry.

One year ago this month they conducted a countywide opinion survey regarding the “reforms.” They learned from the poll, among other things, that a majority of the Lorain County citizens feel connected to their public schools and believe their schools are going a good job in preparing the students for the future. They found that…

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