Public school districts in the Buckeye state are open to all children, paid for by our taxes, and governed by democratically chosen school boards. They are considered a public good and the pillar of our democracy.
Our public schools are welcoming places where people from all walks of life can send their children to work, learn, and play together.
Public education is what we need to help heal the deep divisions in our nation.
Ohio celebrates public education, and to honor PUBLIC EDUCATION WEEK, local school boards, city councils, mayors, and members of the Ohio House and Senate officially adopted formal proclamations.
There was also an event that took place in the Ohio Statehouse, appropriately entitled CELEBRATE PUBLIC EDUCATION!
WHY celebrate public education?
WE CELEBRATE the 1.8 million students, including those with special needs or disabilities, English language learners, homeless kids, and troubled children, who attend Ohio public school districts.
WE CELEBRATE the parents and caregivers who entrust their precious children to neighborhood public schools to be nurtured, educated, and empowered to become productive adults.
WE CELEBRATE the 245,000+ public-school employees, including our dedicated hard-working teachers, who help make our public school system the largest employer in the state.
WE CELEBRATE the state Board of Education, the 714 local school boards, and their 3,466 democratically elected school board members who represent Ohio’s local, city, exempted village, career center, and educational service center districts.
WE CELEBRATE the local communities that form partnerships with their neighborhood public schools to support the goals, hopes, and dreams of our children.
WE CELEBRATE the members of the Ohio House and Senate who have committed to making the education, health, and well-being of our children primary concerns in state governance.
Ohio does hereby celebrate January 20-26, 2019 as PUBLIC EDUCATION WEEK and calls this observance to the attention of all citizens.