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David is a Product of the Cincinnati Public Schools and loves the district

David is a Parent of four students in Cincinnati Public Schools and will be for years to come

David brings 30 years of Professional experience in technology and strategic planning to Cincinnati Public Schools

David believes that Every Student in Every School is important.

He brings outside experience to help with the challenges ahead for Cincinnati Public Schools and will use his experience to ensure that all of our children, regardless of racial, economic or cultural background, have the opportunity for a quality education.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:34 PM

Strengthen our neighborhood schools without turning them into magnets

I recently had an op-ed published in the Cincinnati Enquirer discussing the strength of our magnet programs, the need to strengthen our neighborhood schools and providing an excellent education to all of our children.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:16 PM

Our Revolution Greater Cincinnati Endorsement

I am proud to announce that Our Revolution Greater Cincinnati (ORGC) has honored me with their endorsement for Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education.  ORGC is working to advance progressive causes, and I am happy to say that our goals, especially in the education space, are in alignment.

I am encouraged by and happy to be entrusted with their support.


Monday, July 24, 2017 10:33 AM

Healthcare and Education

We hear a lot about the new healthcare bill(s) being proposed and many of us are outraged. But you may ask, how does this relate to education? Why is a school board candidate talking about this? All of our federal and state funding are interconnected in ways that aren’t always immediately obvious.


There are many services provided by our schools to children that need assistance. The schools are legally required to provide many of these services. It could be accommodations for children with special needs, it could be mental and social health services. There are a number of support systems needed to make sure all of our children get the best opportunity to learn.


Federal and local healthcare subsidies pay for, or reimburse, the district for some of these services. Without those subsidies the services is still legally required and the money needs to come from somewhere. That “somewhere" is partially from classroom support. By gutting medicare, medicaid and other programs we are impacting EVERY student in our district.

Regardless of how you feel about the ACA (Obamacare) or the AHCA (Trumpcare), I urge you to call your representatives at both the state and federal level and let them know that you support healthcare services that are provided by our schools. Without continued funding we will negatively impact our children.


Monday, July 24, 2017 9:11 AM

Charters don't work

Charters don't work. Before you object, I acknowledge you can find occasional examples of success, but the vast majority do not help our students. Dismantling our public education system to fund private institutions, that aren't accountable to the taxpayer, is irresponsible and anathema to all good sense.

The argument for privatizing education is that charter schools can teach kids more effectively for less money. If we don't have good measures for success, or charter schools don't provide information and transparency how do we know that is true? To date what little measuring we do has demonstrated less effectiveness and wasting of taxpayer dollars. So, shouldn't we stop supporting charter schools?

If something doesn't work, and people keep pushing it, what is the motivation? Would we accept failure from other entities funded by our government?

The goals of a private for-profit business are not in alignment with those of an educational system. Yes, a business will try to make things less expensive but the goal is to increase margin and maximize profit. These cost reductions do not always make it to the end consumer (taxpayer) but rather go to investors.

Children are not interchangeable products. They are individuals that require different things. There is a component of skill to being a teacher and the goal of our schools should not be mass produced, one size fits all education. That is what business is going to try to produce in the name of efficiency.

There are things our schools can learn from business, but let's not forget that they are not companies. They are institutions whose goals are to produce citizens that can earn a living, understand the world and participate in our democracy. Charters have been proven to not succeed in that capacity, and it's time to stop the pretending they are.


Monday, July 17, 2017 5:30 PM

How am I unique in this race?

How am I unique in this race? There are other parents that are candidates. I am unique in that I currently have children in multiple schools within the district, have 10 years of experience with CPS as a parent and will be in our district for more than a decade to come.


I believe that it is critically important that there is a parent on the board that understands the challenges that faces parents, students and families every day. Between school, homework, extra curricular activities, busing, carpooling, lunches, etc there are a lot of commitments and changing any of them can easily throw a routine into chaos.


When looking to any elected official, I want to make sure that they live with the ramifications of policy they enact for all of families of the district. Ensuring that your school board contains members that live with the impacts of policy changes means that changes take the needs of families into account.


As you think about your candidates when you go to the polls, ask yourself, do you want someone that understands the parents perspective and will be impacted by policy, or do you want someone that makes policy that impacts everyone but them? Let’s keep a parent’s perspective on the board.


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