BOE races are non-partisan and so is HOPE. Our recommendation below is for District 1 for the Nov 6, 2012 election.
District 1 comprises Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, part of Darke, Defiance, part of Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Van Wert, Williams and Wyandot counties.
Ms. Haycock is president of the Shawnee Local Schools board, where she’s been a board member since her appointment in 2009 and then twice elected by voters. An active member of the Ohio School Boards Association, Ms. Haycock serves on its Federal Relations Network, through which she’s advocated for public education with federal officials. She is supported by the Republican Party, but strives to be “nonpartisan.”
The Toledo Blade reports:
"The state is developing an education plan as part of its response to Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal law signed by President Obama in December to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. Ms. Haycock said one reason she’s running for the state board is to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard as the plan is created.
“Now we’re in a really great place to start deciding where the state of Ohio wants to go with public education,” she said. The new law allows for more local and state flexibility in determining how school success is measured. Ms. Haycock said that should include more data other than test results, such as student absentee rates. “The assessments don’t tell the whole picture,” she said. “It doesn’t give enough information as to what is happening in that school district.” She also wants all schools that accept public money to be held accountable in the same way as traditional school districts.