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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
Hamilton County, OH November 5, 2013 Election
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Elisa Hoffman
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of Board of Education; Cincinnati 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)

I've devoted my entire professional career, 17 years, to working in education, first as a teacher and then at an education nonprofit in recruitment and hiring. As a parent, I know how important it is to feel confident that our children are being challenged at school to reach their potential.

2. What can be done to improve Cincinnati Public Schools' results at current funding levels? (100 word limit)

The first step is to conduct an independent financial review so we know where we are and are not getting the best return on our investments- that is, spending money in ways that are most impacting academic achievement. For example, since research shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor contributing to student success, we should be investing in recruiting the best people to CPS and then developing them so they are successful. Additionally, investing in high-quality preschool has also been shown to yield a high return on investment and, therefore, is a long-term investment worth making.

3. What will you do to build consensus in the community in support of Cincinnati Public Schools? (100 word limit)

Every neighborhood deserves an excellent school. Cincinnatians understand the importance of a great education for each of our children, and that excellent schools are vital for Cincinnati to be a growing vibrant city that keeps young families in its neighborhoods. Just as I've approached my campaign, as a board member I will bring together diverse members of our community and listen to their ideas and concerns. We need all voices- parents, educators, religious leaders, small and large businesses, community leaders, and elected officials- to build support for CPS and to help the board come to the best decisions.

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