Taylor-Gerken is a native of East Toledo, graduating from TPS. Her daughter also graduated from the district where she has a daughter currently enrolled. Additionally, Taylor-Gerken worked for 20 years for the district as a secretary. She has her Master's degree in counselor education from the University of Toledo and spent ten years as a school psychologist. Presently, she is a self-employed licensed school psychologist and psychoeducational consultant.
- 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|
Taylor-Gerken was endorsed by the Lucas County Democratic Party, UAW, TAAP/UAW Local 5242, AFSCME Council 8, Teamsters Local 20, AFL-CIO, Carpenters Local 351, Ironworkers Local 55, UFCW, Laborers Local 500, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 50, Cement Masons Local 886, IBEW Local 8, Toledo Port Council and Sheet Metal Workers Local 33.
In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Taylor-Gerken stated the following when asked about her 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?
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?
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?
What's 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Kevin Moore Toledo Free Press, "School Board Candidate Profile: Polly Taylor-Gerken," 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