Aji Green

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Aji Green
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Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Toledo
Aji Green was a candidate for the Toledo School Board. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013 against six fellow challengers and one incumbent.


Green grew up in Arkansas and moved to Toledo in 2001. He has a degree in human resources management from the University of Toledo, and served in the military from 1993-98. He ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2009 and for City Council in 2011. He is currently a supervisor at Advance Engineering. He is married and has a daughter in TPS.[1]



See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)


Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Vasquez Incumbent 19.3% 16,715
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPolly Taylor-Gerken 18.5% 15,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Varwig 15.6% 13,505
     Nonpartisan Perry Lefevre 13.4% 11,589
     Nonpartisan Randall Parker III 10.8% 9,333
     Nonpartisan Aji Green 9.8% 8,423
     Nonpartisan Tina Henold 9.3% 8,023
     Nonpartisan Darryl Fingers 3.3% 2,852
Total Votes 86,387
Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Green was endorsed by North West Ohio Building Trades, The United Auto Workers, The CWA, IBEW Local 8, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, Local 500, and Local 805 Heat and Frost workers.[1]


Green reported $700 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $700 on hand.[2]


Toledo County City Council, District 1, Primary Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngTyrone Riley 33.4% 601
     Republican Darryl Fingers 4.1% 74
     Democrat Aji Green 27.7% 498
     Democrat Schylar M. Meadows 3.7% 66
     Democrat Jason M. Schreiner 12.7% 228
     Democrat Kenneth W. Sharp 3.7% 66
     Democrat Brandon Tucker 14.9% 268
Total Votes 1,801
Source: Election Results Summary, "Municipal Primary Election, Lucas County," accessed October 29, 2013


Toledo Public Schools, At-large, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Vasquez 19.8% 23,269
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Hill 17.5% 20,578
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry J. Sykes 15.5% 18,153
     Nonpartisan Darlene Fisher 14.7% 17,251
     Nonpartisan Aji Green 10.7% 12,579
     Nonpartisan Mindy Jenson 6.9% 8,159
     Nonpartisan James M. Jones 5.1% 5,954
     Nonpartisan John G. Bull Dog Rus 3.5% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Vince Hornik 3.4% 3,978
     Nonpartisan Norman E. Drogmiller 2.9% 3,394
Total Votes 117,456
Source: Election Results Summary, "General Election, Lucas County," accessed October 29, 2013

Campaign themes

In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Green stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:[1]

What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?
Three most important issues affecting TPS is the retention of students, improving underperforming schools, and passing a levy that is drastically needed.

TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters?
The formula used in our state funding model provides such huge disparities and inequalities in educational funding especially in urban communities like Toledo. The only way to close the gap in this funding is to go to the voters and ask them to pass a levy or renew a levy in this case. In recent years voters have lost trust in our schools, and as a result voters refused to pass such levies until the board regained that trust and made certain changes. Toledo Public Schools have done an excellent job in addressing many of the challenges that they have faced in recent years, and have regained the trust of the community. Alls left for them now is for the administration to be proactive and not reactive in leading this district forward. We have a new young and energetic superintendent that the community has rallied around, and the voters want to see him be successful in leading this district forward.

Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not?
Teachers should be evaluated, but we shouldn’t have people making decisions that affect them if they themselves have not seen a day in the classroom in order to understand the challenges that teachers face on a day to day basis. Teachers, especially those in large urban districts like Toledo face a multitude of challenges that can’t be measured on a test. So until such a way is defined where it will measure the totality of the contributions of teachers it will be an affront to the students, the families, and of course the educator profession as a whole.

Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
I support the fact that common core standards are being implemented; however, I oppose those standards because I believe that they should be set higher. Students that attend private schools especially those around theToledo area have consistently outperformed our public schools because of the high standards that they place on every student. I believe that every student in TPS have the ability to perform at a higher level. It is the job of the board to raise those standards.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.

About the district

See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, Ohio
Toledo Public Schools is located in Lucas County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 441,815 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Lucas County (%) Ohio (%)
White 75.7 83.4
Black 19.5 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 3.3
Asian 1.6 1.8
American Indian 0.4 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 33.2
2008 64.8 33.4
2004 63.6 35.9
2000 62.8 33.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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