Advocacy

Public Policy Council

Purpose and Year-One Goals

  • To align the education public policy agendas of the major educational, employer and community bodies affecting children living in the City of Columbus
  • To initiate an ongoing collaborative approach to public policy development and advocacy
  • To identify common issues for the 2017-2018 state legislative session
  • To coordinate public policy issues with the community engagement and early childhood education councils

Membership

  • Christie Angel, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Calfee Strategic Solutions LLC – Public Policy Council Chair
  • Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Barbara Benham, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Huntington Bancshares Inc.
  • Stephen Dackin, School and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College
  • Tom Goodney, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
  • Phil Hayes, Vice President, Columbus Education Association
  • Dale Heydlauff, Vice President – Corporate Communications, President – AEP Foundation, American Electric Power
  • Stephen Lyons, Executive Vice President, Columbus Partnership
  • Nancy Nestor-Baker, Senior Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement, United Way of Central Ohio
  • Dominic Paretti, Co-Chair, Facilities Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee, Columbus Board of Education
  • Jamie Richardson, Vice President, Government and Shareholders Relations, White Castle System
  • Erik Roush, Supervisor, Board Services and Government Affairs, Columbus City Schools

Examples of Activities

  • Organizing tours of exemplary public schools and health and human services programs serving students
  • Inviting policy experts to brief council members on key policy issues
  • Hosting public policy briefings for local, state and federal policy leaders, including the 14-member Franklin County state legislative delegation
  • Providing reports, research summaries, fact sheets, and ongoing email articles to support the work of the council

Issues To Be Addressed

  • Establishing year-one policy priorities
  • Clarifying the internal path for approval of public policy issues – chair of Public Policy Council presents proposed issues to President & CEO of FutureReady Columbus for review and approval; CEO will take issues to governing board as needed
  • Identifying the right mix of proactive and reactive issues

Staff

David Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, FutureReady Columbus

Note: These councils have no official power. FutureReady Columbus does not replace elected school boards or the superintendents hired by those boards. It is an effort to coordinate and strengthen the work of public and private bodies serving schoolchildren.

Community Engagement Council

Purpose and Year-One Goals

  • To engage the Central Ohio community in meaningful discourse around the major educational, employer and community issues affecting children living in the City of Columbus
  • To initiate an ongoing collaborative approach to equitable conversations and communication
  • To communicate the importance of pre-K/early learning while also serving as an advocate for positive youth development of children of all ages
  • To work collaboratively with the public policy and early childhood education councils to coordinate public policy issues
  • To distill what work is currently being done in the community to address the challenges that our young people and families face (Dashboard)

Membership

  • Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO, Columbus Urban League – Community Engagement Council Chair
  • Seleshi Ayalew Asfaw, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ethiopian Tawahedo Social Services
  • Lois A. Carson, President, Columbus School Employees Association OAPSE/AFSCME
  • Robert Chilton, CEO, Impact Community Action • David Cofer, Managing Director, Community Development for All People
  • Victor M. Davis, D. Min., Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church
  • Keisha J. Hunley-Jenkins, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Director Mentoring & Student Initiatives, Columbus City Schools
  • Tracey D. Johnson, President, Columbus Education Association
  • Laura Kraus, Director of Programs, I Know I Can
  • Charles M. Spinning, Executive Director, Franklin County Children Services
  • Todd Tuney, SVP Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, YMCA of Central Ohio

Examples of Activities

  • Develop a campaign that increases the awareness of pre-K/early learning and the power of everyday school attendance
  • Organize focused conversations with community members in their neighborhoods about their lived experiences and what they want for themselves and the children of Columbus
  • Work with Franklin County to develop the strategies, metrics, and characteristics of organizations needed to foster improved outcomes for developing children from birth to career
  • Provide guidance and support around the Partnership4Success Early Warning Indicator consortium that looks at the best practices and supports needed in relation to the risk factors of school age children’s attendance, behavior, and core academics
  • Provide guidance and support around the Social and Emotional Collaborative that looks at the best practices and supports needed in relation to the social and emotional learning outcomes of school age children

Issues To Be Addressed

  • Increase the number of 4-year-olds in “high quality” pre-K
  • Creating platforms for equitable conversations around the education of the youth of Columbus
  • Answering these questions: Frequency of meetings – monthly to begin? Coordination with the other two councils? Composition and number of members? What reports, research summaries, fact sheets, ongoing email articles are needed to support the work of the Community Engagement Council?

Staff

LaShaun K. Carter, Director – Community Engagement, Marguerethe Jaede, Manager – Continuous Improvement, FutureReady Columbus

Note: These councils have no official power. FutureReady Columbus does not replace elected school boards or the superintendents hired by those boards. It is an effort to coordinate and strengthen the work of public and private bodies serving schoolchildren.

Early Childhood Education Council

Purpose and Year-One Goals

  • To develop a community-driven, community-wide early childhood education strategy
  • To initiate an ongoing collaborative, approach among pre-kindergarten providers, educators, families, and public-private partners
  • To align efforts to build, strengthen and measure the quality of care and preparation based on the outcomes that ensure that all Columbus students are ready for success in kindergarten
  • To develop a community-wide strategy to include a survey of best practices, funding models, and community engagement
  • To articulate goals and measures focused on increasing quality early learning opportunities for all 3 and 4 year-olds in Columbus
  • To contribute to policy review and advocacy
  • To develop a community dashboard and data hub of resources

Membership

  • Tanny Crane, The Crane Group, Early Childhood Education Council Chair
  • Angel Rhodes, Governor’s Office
  • Chad Jester, Nationwide Insurance
  • David Baker, Columbus City Schools
  • Eric Karolak, Action for Children
  • Kelly Kelleher, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Janet Ligon, Learning Circle Education Services
  • Craig Marshall, Ernst & Young
  • Laura Justice, OSU Crane Center
  • Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC Bank
  • Rhonda Johnson, City of Columbus Department of Education
  • Sandee Donald, Columbus City Schools

Examples of Activities

  • Organizing subcommittees to execute on the Year One Goals
  • Introducing and exploring a common identifier or a system to cross-reference multiple identifiers for pre-kindergarten students
  • Supporting the Mayor’s vision for pre-kindergarten to include the logistics and costs of universal access to pre-kindergarten for students and families
  • Collaborating with FutureReady Columbus Public Policy and Community Engagement Councils to develop and implement strategy

Issues To Be Addressed

  • Making recommendations to the FutureReady Columbus President/CEO and Board on use of funding allocated for early childhood initiatives
  • Refining coordination among the FutureReady Columbus Councils: Community Engagement, Early Childhood Education, and Public Policy

Staff

Allison Alexander, Director – Early Childhood Initiatives, FutureReady Columbus

Note: FutureReady Columbus has two other advisory councils: Community Engagement and Public Policy.