|Former candidate for|
|Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
O'Callaghan earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Ohio University in 1994. She taught at Cleveland Public Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools for 11 years before taking time to raise her four children. O'Callaghan currently serves on the boards of Visionaries and Voices as well as Parents and Professionals for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio.
O'Callaghan sought election to the board against eight other candidates for four available seats 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|
O'Callaghan's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:
Expectation of Excellence
"In order to improve student academic performance, I would propose that CPS create and maintain an Expectation of Excellence for both students and teachers. To do this, we would need:
Quality Preschool for All
"I would also propose that we make sure all of our students have access to quality preschool.
"I would directly address the issue of mobility. Our schools with the highest rates of mobility see 1 out of every 3 children moving during the school year.
"We need to continue to foster the community building that is happening within our district. Our families need to know they are our most valuable resource and that we respect and appreciate them.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Committee to Elect Sally O'Callaghan, "About," accessed September 13, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Committee to Elect Sally O'Callaghan, "Issues," 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