Tina Henold

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Tina Henold
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionStay-at-home mom
Tina Henold was a candidate for the Toledo School Board. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013 against six fellow challengers and one incumbent.


Henold was raised in a military family and moved to Toledo in 1987. She is married and has been a stay-at-home mom to three children. Henold home-schooled her children, both in the United States and during the time the family spent as missionaries in Romania from 2001-10.[1]



See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)


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


Henold was endorsed by the Toledo Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund, as well as The Lucas County Republican Party.[1][2]


Henold reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[3]

Campaign themes

In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Henold stated the following when asked about her 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?
Education, finances, and community involvement are the three most crucial issues facing Toledo Public Schools.

Education is the primary role of the school system yet we still have too many children who cannot read at grade level. Since reading is the foundation on which all other classes are based, we need to improve reading in the schools. I will continue to go out into the community to speak with people who have the ability and the time to volunteer at schools as well as at Read for Literacy. Most of the people that I have spoken with had no idea about the volunteer opportunities in the schools. I hope to engage an army of people in this activity so that our children will have a good foundation for their education.

The financial situation at TPS is strained to say the least. As someone who actively worked to push the current board to do the Performance Audit, I will see the process through. However, the process needs to be an open and transparent process which involves the community.

I believe that we have a backwards budgeting process at TPS. Contracts are negotiated, the budget is put together based on past budgets, and then the public is asked to support a levy. This is the kind of budgeting process where the voters have a gun to their heads. We need to start with the premise that the budget is just a means to facilitate education. To put it more simply: Kids first budgeting. Every program needs to be evaluated to see if it is effective and if it isn’t-it needs to be dropped. The classrooms need to be funded first and then we can negotiate contracts. In doing this, the classrooms will have all of the funding needed and we can go to the bargaining table knowing what we can afford.

The next problem is the unfunded mandates handed down from Washington, DC and Columbus. Very few educators are consulted when Legislators decides what they think schools need- and then schools are mandated to implement government programs without financial assistance. If the programs are so important, why don’t they fund them? I will continue to speak with Legislators about this problem and continue to actively battle with them on behalf of the children.

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? The public should support the levy because although the Performance Audit has been finished and delivered to the board, TPS is not going to realize savings from implementation immediately. Since this is a renewal levy and not new money, it is important to support it while the board actively works towards implementation. It would not be beneficial to take the legs out from under TPS while they are finally working to streamline the budget.

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? Absolutely not! The standardized tests are not always accurate (they are rarely accurate) in the evaluation of a particular child. There are children who know all of the information but they do not test well. The final score does not reflect what the child knows but rather his or her ability to test well. Some dyslexic readers are way ahead of non-dyslexic readers in areas of Math or English, but this is not reflected in the test scores due to the issue of dyslexia. Since the tests are not accurate for the children they are supposed to measure, how can this be a proper method of evaluating teachers and principals?

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?
I am opposed to Common Core for a plethora of reasons. As far as educational standards are concerned, children do not all learn in the same way. This one-size-fits-all “standard” does not allow for individualism or critical thinking skills. Also, the national standards imply that a child from Ohio needs the same thing as a child from Montana. All children are not the same, so why should we use cookie cutters to teach them? Cursive writing is optional under CC and in many school districts it is no longer taught. The fact is that cursive writing engages both sides of the brain, and is far more useful to a child than just the actual writing. Also, if a child cannot write cursive, he/she lacks the ability to read cursive writing comfortably. This would prevent a child from reading portions of founding documents as well as the diaries of those who came before them. Math is a problem in CC because under this system if a child can explain how he/she came to a particular conclusion, the answer is counted as correct. This prevents the child from learning that there are right and wrong answers and does nothing to teach the child about how to handle himself/herself when correct or incorrect. This limits life experience for children. I could go on and on about CC and how it will not create active learners who enjoy their educational experience.

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]


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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