State public and education officials will take part in an April 22 event for individuals in the public education sector.
The virtual event is an effort to connect education leaders, administrators, board members and educators in the public education sector with elected officials to promote district needs.
The event is the first of its kind available to area educators. Sessions will provide a bi-partisan platform and enable local districts and state level government to work together to craft policy.
“The ESC strives to support our districts beyond services utilized in the classrooms,” said Dr. Traci Hostelter, ESCEO superintendent. “Our Government Affairs Department is a model for the state, proactively advocating for public education in policy and garnering support for grant funds for our districts. Our team has created this event as a platform for educators and leadership to come together to voice regional needs. Our collective voices are heard much more clearly by our elected officials as we advocate for policy that will positively impact our schools, benefit our students, and ultimately benefit our region.”
Participants are expected to include State Sen. Andrew Brenner, chair of Ohio Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee; Rep. Don Jones, member, Ohio House Primary & Secondary Education Committee; Dr. John Richard, deputy superintendent of Ohio Department of Education; state Auditor Keith Faber; and state Treasurer Robert Sprague.
“Advocacy Day creates access to statewide officials and creates greater opportunities to raise awareness of the needs of our students,” said Nick Santucci, ESCEO director of government affairs and workforce development. “We look forward to collaborative and thoughtful discussions with a number of influential policymakers in the education space.”
Individuals affiliated with public schools can register at the shortened link, https://bit.ly/3uUMJvD. Individuals who work with ESCEO-aligned districts receive free access to the event.