Perry Lefevre

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Perry Lefevre
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBaylor University
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ProfessionEducator
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Perry Lefevre 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.

Biography

Lefevre graduated from Baylor University and has been a teacher for over 27 years. He currently teaches social studies at Sylvania Northview High School. Lefevre has two children whom have attended TPS, and his son will graduate from college next year with a teaching degree.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)

Results

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

Endorsements

The Lucas County Democratic Party endorsed Lefevre, as well as the teachers' union.[2]

Funding

Lefevre reported $16,750 in contributions but no expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $16,750 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes

In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Lefevre 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?
We must improve our graduation rate. Job and career prospects for an adult without at least a high school diploma are dismal. To counter this, I would promote three responses. First, we must stress reading at grade level in the first grade in all of our K-8 schools. Studies have shown that students reading at grade level in the first grade will be successful in high school. This will require greater parent and adult involvement from our community. Second, we must promote programs that develop students’ respect for one another and education. The Young Women and Young Men of Excellence programs in TPS, as developed and directed by Dr. Durant, are perfect examples of the platforms we need to develop our successful students as role models for the rest of our student body. We need to expand these programs fully. Finally, we need to expand and promote our career technical education programs in TPS. They are excellent programs that deserve more focus than they receive. Not only do our students in these programs receive highly technical educations and develop marketable skills, they also develop a greater sense of self-worth and work ethic that derives from learning those skills. The sky is the limit for these students once they graduate from TPS. Our country needs more skilled workers and many apprenticeship training programs available right here in the Toledo area lack qualified candidates for enrollment. As a board member, developing, expanding and promoting these three goals would be my number one task.

We must promote pride and a sense of respect in our schools. We must demonstrate that TPS is the right choice for an education in Toledo. We can reverse the trend towards the unsuccessful charter schools by exposing them for what they really represent and by revealing the good things happening every single day in our public schools. I am absolutely convinced that the success of Toledo is rooted in the success of Toledo Public Schools. As a board member, I will work to achieve that goal at all times.

Finally, we must continue to develop partnerships with the businesses and non-profits of our community. The socio-economic challenges of our community and, especially of our students, are not insignificant, but they are not insurmountable. We as a community must work together to improve opportunities for our children. I pledge to work with all groups in our community with the primary goal of improving the lives of our youngest members.

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?
There exists no possible way to guarantee that the performance audit’s projected annual savings will ever be realized by TPS. What is factual and guaranteed is that the current year of the bi-ennial budget for the state of Ohio returns to TPS a paltry 6.25% of the dramatic state funding cuts that we experienced in 2011. For the second year of that budget, every other school district in Lucas County will receive an additional 10.5% except TPS. Either way, no school district in Ohio will receive the level of funding that it received in 2009, yet costs continue to rise. Without passage of this renewal levy, a levy which does not represent an additional tax on our residents, the cuts that will need to be made at TPS will be drastic. I believe that TPS is on track to turn the corner and achieve success. If we fail to renew this levy, we fail our children and we fail our community.

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?
No. I do not support high stakes testing. I do not believe that educators should be directly accountable for student performance on high stakes tests. Unlike their competitors, public school must educate all of the students who arrive at their doors. They have no control of the students who attend their schools. We do the best that we can with students who have many challenges in their lives already. A more realistic determinant of a teacher’s performance is the Value-Added Measurement standard developed by Batelle for Kids.

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?
The goal of Common Core is to educate students on how to process information and use it to achieve academic success. Traditionally, content standards have often represented the attainment of knowledge. As we find ourselves in the “Information Age,” students must learn how to assess and apply the knowledge that is readily available to them at a moments’ notice thanks to the Internet and smartphones.

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.[4]

Demographics

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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
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[6]
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 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.[7]

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