Sally O'Callaghan

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sally O'Callaghan
Sally O'Callaghan.jpg
Former candidate for
Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOhio University
Campaign website
Sally O'Callaghan campaign logo
Sally O'Callaghan was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education. She was defeated in the November 5, 2013 general election.


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.[1]



See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


O'Callaghan reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes


O'Callaghan's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:[3]

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:

  • Frequent monitoring of student progress as opposed to basing this assessment on just one high-stakes test per year."

Quality Preschool for All

"I would also propose that we make sure all of our students have access to quality preschool.

  • Allowing the opportunity for quality Preschool for all of our students will level the playing field between our upper and lower income students."

Address Mobility

"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.

  • I would propose offering transitional classrooms in every neighborhood primary school building."

Community Building

"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.

  • As a board member, I would be accessible and accountable to all of our families."

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.[4][5]

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[7][8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[9]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Sally + O'Callaghan + Cincinnati + Schools"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Sally O'Callaghan News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link