PUTNAM COUNTY — Eight schools in Putnam County are now part of an
over 40-member multi-county advocacy group — Northwest/West Central
Ohio Public School Advocacy Network (NWCOPSAN) — a group that grew from
concerns over a loss of local control in public education. The group
spans over ten counties and includes a network of members who plan to
advocate for positive changes in public eduction that they believe will
make for better schools.
It is a call – again – for more local
control. All Putnam County Schools are joining other area districts that
are members of the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy
Network (NWCOPSAN) in voicing concern that state edicts continue to
provide for extensive overreach in testing, and the district is sending a
strong message to state legislators regarding implementation of the
recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Let our teachers teach.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA – the federal
education act that replaced No Child Left Behind in December 2015 –
builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the
efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the
country. In practice ESSA was established in part to allow for more
state-driven measures on student performance targets and school ratings,
with state-developed identification and intervention for district
Superintendents from these Putnam County schools agree that:
Our hope that the establishment of the ESSA and removal of federal
one-size-fits-all mandates would provide our districts the opportunity
to re-establish more local control
• Our reality is a continued
reduction in classroom instruction time due to additional testing the
state is mandating – beyond the federal minimum requirements
• Our request is that state legislators reduce that testing requirement
the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8
and one high school test. The state of Ohio expands on those minimum
requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social
studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of-course exams for high school.
Our message is simple; reduce testing to the federal minimum
requirements. This action will better allow our teachers to teach and
our students to learn.
These Districts want to ensure our
community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. The
Ohio Department of Education will be hosting several ESSA stakeholder
meetings – with one in The Toledo Club Centennial Room, 1st Floor 235
14th St. Toledo, OH 43604 on Thursday, September 15 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
see full details for the this event and others to register.
Columbus Grove: Nick Verhoff
Continental: Danny K. Kissell
Fort Jennings: Nick Langhals
Kalida: Karl Lammers
Miller City-New Cleveland: Kerry Johnson
Ottawa-Glandorf: Don Horstman
Ottoville: Scott Mangus
Pandora-Gilboa: R. Todd Schmutz
more than 40-district strong Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School
Advocacy Network (NWCOPSAN) was developed in 2015 to build a collective
voice of school districts advocating for students with lawmakers in
Columbus and Washington D.C. and to build a better communication link between our communities and our lawmakers.