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December 12, 2008
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Stark County Reform Plan
The Stark County school reform plan, Learn from the Past. Prepare Our Children for the Future was also released at last night's "Watch Party". This document outlines ten ways top education stakeholders from across the county believe can help Governor Strickland and state legislators bring Ohio's schools into the 21st Century. The document was a joint project between the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Stark Education Partnership and may be downloaded at

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Watch Party Groups1Stark Countians Share School Funding Ideas with Ohio's First Lady

The release of what is being called Ohio's "doomsday budget" outlining a worse-case scenario for state finances did not deter over 150 Stark Countians from attending a regional "Watch Party" on school finance reform at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center last night.

Present to hear comments and suggestions was a special guest, Ohio's First Lady, Frances Strickland.

While Governor Strickland's remarks were televised from Cleveland, Mrs. Strickland sat with community representatives after the broadcast. The purpose of the "watch party" was to directly solicit ideas and comments as to how Ohio should solve its school funding dilemma, now made more critical in the midst of a projected $7.3 billion deficit during the next two years.

The "Watch Party" was held as part of the second round of education forums held by the governor throughout the state. The first rouWatch Party Groups2nd, held this past summer, focused on how to reform Ohio's education system. The current round focuses on the school funding system.

The governor is expected to release both his school reform and funding proposals in 2009.
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