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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund

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Hamilton County, OH November 6, 2007 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Board Member; Winton Woods City School District

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Qualifications, Addressing priorities, Funding

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1. What are your qualifications for office? (50 word limit)

Answer from John Pennycuff:

In my 18 years on the board, I have made many difficult decisions. I have prepared for each of those decisions with lots of research, conversations with parents, consultation with other board members across the state, and with an eye for what was best for our students.

2. What plans do you have to address your top three priorities? (100 word limit)

Answer from John Pennycuff:

The current board has its top three goals: strengthening student achievement, assuring financial stability and improving the culture in all our schools. I work every week to develop and monitor strategies for those goals. I will continue to work for the stability and adequacy of school funding which must be uppermost in the minds of all board members. All board members must devote much time and effort to convincing an ever more skeptical electorate to vote for school funding. I will analyze the current survey to identify ways to make our schools feel even more welcoming.

3. What is your position on amending the Ohio Constitution with regard to the funding of public schools? (150 word limit)?

Answer from John Pennycuff:

I have worked hard in gathering over 1,300 signatures to put the proposed amendment before the voters. However, I wish that the Ohio General Assembly would sieze the leadership opportunity to completely overhaul the complicated method for funding schools in Ohio. The Supreme Court has declared the method of funding to be unconstitutional four times in ten years. Sadly, we still have a process that virtually no one thinks is working well for the future of our state.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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