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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
Hamilton County, OH November 6, 2007 Election
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Lisa Bauer
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Norwood 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.
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Questions & Answers

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

My children have attended Norwood Schools from kindergarten on. One graduated and two are still Norwood students. I've lived in Norwood since 1984 and have taught children and adults in public and private schools. My experiences provide the background to make good decisions about how best to serve Norwood's children.

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

a. Be present in the schools and at school functions. Advocate for Norwood City Schools in the community. Be available to children, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. b. In collaboration with the Board and the School District, develop ways for the public to get timely responses from Board members through use of school communication technology and Board Office personnel. Advocate for scheduling school events so that parents don't have to choose between job and family. c. Monitor district use of funds and personnel. Hold administrators accountable for carrying out Board policy in the spirit in which it was written.

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

I admire many of the features of the proposal being circulated by the Campaign for Ohio's Future at However, I cannot support it because I see nothing built in to safeguard the power of local school boards to decide what is best for their students as the proportion of the funding they provide through property taxes goes down in comparison with state money. We moved to Norwood so that our children could enjoy the benefits of an urban district in an environment that was small enough for us to have meaningful input into their educations. My experiences as a parent, a volunteer and a teacher have taught me that serving smaller groups of children makes it easier to see those children "our children" instead of "the children." The responsibility for making decisions on school district policy should rest with those who actually know the individuals and communities they serve.

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.

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