|Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Toledo|
|Master's||University of Toledo|
A native of Toledo, Vasquez has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo. A licensed social worker, Vasquez currently works as director of special projects since 1996 for The Twelve Inc., an organization specializing in foster care and adoption services.
- See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)
|Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Bob Vasquez Incumbent||19.3%||16,715|
|Nonpartisan||Randall Parker III||10.8%||9,333|
|Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
Vasquez was endorsed by the Leadership Fund of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Local Union 8, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 886 and Northwestern Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.
|Toledo Public Schools, At-large, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Larry J. Sykes||15.5%||18,153|
|Nonpartisan||James M. Jones||5.1%||5,954|
|Nonpartisan||John G. Bull Dog Rus||3.5%||4,141|
|Nonpartisan||Norman E. Drogmiller||2.9%||3,394|
|Source: Election Results Summary, "General Election, Lucas County," accessed October 29, 2013|
In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Vasquez stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:
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?
As a Board member I will continue to closely monitor our finances and continue to make the hard decisions that need to be made. I served as president of the Board during what I believe was the most difficult period in recent times. We have cut millions of dollars out of the budget by eliminating services and as a result of our staff making concessions. All of this involved making hard decisions, some of which have long lasting effects on our staff and students.
I am a trustee of the Ohio School Board Association. The association represents member school districts and assists us in educating our state and federal representatives on the array of education issues. Of course the most significant is funding. The state has balanced its budget largely by cutting funding to education requiring the local community to fund a larger portion. I am regularly involved in advocating on education issues in Columbus and I have traveled annually to Washington D. C. to do so on the national level.
I could write much more because these are complicated issues.
The state is mandating core standards that we must incorporate into our daily teaching. Much of the curriculum is mandated but we can make adjustments. We need to look at new techniques for teaching this generation of students. The current environment enables students to have access to instant information. For instance, current technology dictates that we incorporate technology into our methods of teaching. This is a long term issue that requires consistent attention. I have had discussions with the local universities and with our administration encouraging them to meet with higher education to let them know what our needs are.
We need to address the issue of our underperforming schools. The key is to improve parent participation. We need to find a method for engaging those parents who historically have not been engaged with their child’s school. We need to redirect resources to accomplish this.
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?
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?
Toledo Public Schools has long had a successful evaluation program for our teachers, informally called the Toledo Plan.
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 also oppose standards that do not take into consideration the individual student.
I oppose unfunded mandates on local school districts.
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
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%.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Kevin Moore Toledo Free Press, "School Board Candidate Profile: Bob Vasquez," published October 24, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lucas County," accessed October 21, 2013
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- Lucas County Board of Elections, "Historic Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014