Ohio School Board Constitutional Coalition (OSBCC)
OSBCC imagines a framework for like-minded school board members, educational professionals and parent groups to pursue a 'Back to the Basics' educational agenda and a focus on graduating citizens capable of self-governance. This will be accomplished by fostering cooperation, the sharing of ideas and through engaging local school boards, from both inside and outside to ensure the curriculum, policies and overall environment promotes these objectives.
OSBCC engages like-minded current, past and potential school board members from across Ohio who want to advance an academics-first agenda. We will provide campaign support, relevant training, and opportunities for networking and the sharing of best practices. Working together, we will advance this agenda at the school board, county and state levels.
VALUES & BELIEFS
Students come first.
Foster academic excellence at all district levels.
Recognize respectful debate is the foundation for innovation and consensus building.
Graduate individuals who are capable of self governance, understand personal responsibility and respect the United States of America.
Represent parents & taxpayers who are the district’s ultimate customers.
Value teachers and district employees who are the keys to success.
Uphold transparency, honesty, trust, freedom, choice, teamwork, civility, and tolerance.
Support fiscally sound and transparent policies determined by local school boards.
Accountability for decision makers and leaders.
Use data and facts to support prudent decision making.
Protect privacy of personal data for students and employees.
Age-appropriate academics that focus on literacy, accurate history, encourage students to love learning, love their country and invest in their future and support and encourage a high level of parental involvement.
Curriculum and instructional materials
Promote continued local control of curriculum, which is developed in a transparent way with a focus on back to basics.
Emphasis on fact-based education in all subjects including, but not limited to, history, US government, social studies, sex education, english and science.
Ensure all material is fully vetted and age appropriate.
Advance an understanding of the founding principles of the United States of America, such that graduates understand and honor the distinct heritage of their country.
Encourage the development of the skills needed to be an effective part of a free and self-governing society.
Develop resilient individuals who have the capacity to think critically, and who value their God-given rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Cultivate a learning environment which embraces freedom of speech and religion, while promoting respectful tolerance of differences.
Foster a culture where both biological males and females can excel academically and athletically.
Create an atmosphere where students can maximize their potential and be evaluated on their personal merits.
Safety and Security
Take prudent and cost-effective steps to secure school buildings, ideally to include single points of entry, as well as to ensure capabilities exist within the schools to protect staff and students.
Rights and Privacy
Protect physical privacy by limiting access to bathrooms, locker rooms, showers and other such facilities by biological sex. Girls use the girls bathroom, and boys use the boys bathroom.
Schools must prove and certify all data collected by outside parties via surveys and other means are not aggregated and that personally identifiable information is not permanently maintained.
Schools must notify parents prior to any surveys, including but not limited to academic and health-related surveys, and the notification must clearly state parents must opt-in for their children to take the survey.
Schools must certify all data collected by third party vendors does not contain any student or staff personally identifiable information
All surveys shall be available for parental and public review.
School curriculum will be placed online and available for public review.
All school forms asking for immunization information on students will include the following quote from Ohio Revised Code: 3313.671B(4): A pupil who presents a written statement of the pupil's parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, is not required to be immunized.
Inferring from Ohio Revised Code: 3313.671B(4), the waiver process will apply to all other medical requirements imposed by the school.
Schools will join the Ohio Checkbook and abide by all requirements.
Treasurer will post the most current 5-Year Forecast on the school website and make it available for public review.
All financial reports provided to the school board as part of regular business will be posted to the school website and made available for public review.
School boards will establish a policy review cycle such that all policies shall be reviewed on a regular basis or as circumstances warrant.