|Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|J.D.||University of Cincinnati|
Good earned a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in 1975. She later earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. Good is currently an Adjunct Professor Law at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. Good is the mother of three children who graduated from district schools.
Good sought election to the board against eight other candidates on November 5, 2013.
|Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Melanie Bates Incumbent||18.1%||27,469|
|Nonpartisan||Marcia A. Futel||10.1%||15,368|
|Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013|
Good was defeated by incumbent Pat Fischer for the Ohio Court of Appeals District 1 seat on November 6, 2012.
|Ohio Court of Appeals, District 1, 2012|
|Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections|
In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Good explained how she would improve district schools:
"We need to ensure that every dollar spent maximizes student academic achievement. Current spending should be evaluated and funds should be re-purposed for maximum direct impact to make schools effective institutions for nurturing each child's unique skills and talents. We need the best possible teacher in every classroom. We should stop preparing for tests and focus on fostering real learning and competence. We also need to engage parents and the community in educating all children for the benefit of both the children and the community. Finally we must ensure that all students participate in sports, art, music and other activities."
What was at stake?
Incumbent Melanie Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.
The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.
About the district
- See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
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.
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- LinkedIn, "Martha Good," accessed September 12, 2013
- Smart Voter, "Cincinnati City School District Voter Information," accessed September 13, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Smart Voter, "Martha Good Answers Questions," accessed September 13, 2013
- Local 12, "Ohio's school report cards are in," August 23, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Cincinnati Public Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cincinnati," accessed September 13, 2013
- Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
- Smart Voter, "President Contests for Hamilton County," accessed September 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014