Why were Brave UAHS Students Scrubbed by 10tv?

In the last post, a link was inserted so you could hear their stories.  They told the truth about what they were encountering in the new high school.  10tv chose to remove the story completely from their website.  Why?

Who in the District has the power to remove a news story?  That is a question that needs to be asked of Channel 10 as well as the School district.

UAEC does have a print of the interview and you can read it here:

10tv Story

If you have a high school student, ask them what is happening.  Ask the District leaders and School Board why they are hiding information.

 

UAHS Students Speak Out

A Senior at UA attended the October School Board meeting to share details about what is happening at the new high school.  It took courage because this student is being disparaged on social media.  You can hear her comments at minute   1:52:36.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4fmPXQk7CY&t=6731s

ABC 6 did a story about it, and the School District stated only one student had complained about the bathroom situation.

https://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/upper-arlington-senior-speaks-out-about-high-schools-gender-neutral-bathrooms

Channel 10TV reached out to the student and other UA high school students agreed to be interviewed to tell their experiences with the bathrooms.  These students were brave.  They were allowed to give their stories anonymously.  After the piece aired, it was only on the 10TV website for less than 24 hours. Channel 10 removed the story even though included both sides of the story.  The District was quoted extensively.  Fortunately, another website has the piece and you can view it here.  This link is now not working.  Hopefully we can get access to it soon.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/upper-arlington-students-say-new-gender-neutral-bathrooms-are-a-major-concern/ar-AAPOuTR

Administration Costs Soar

From 2014-2021, while the UA Schools Administrative Team expanded and overhead soared, the learning of UA students decreased dramatically. Our Superintendent and School Board put the emphasis on administrators.

In 2013, Upper Arlington had one Associate Superintendent.  Now there are 3 positions at that level.  The DEI Executive Director reports directly to the Superintendent and is on the same level as the Assoc. Superintendents on the Organizational Chart.  In addition, Administrative Assistants have been hired for each of those positions. At the same time, rankings have plummeted.

Click here or on the  “Fiscal Responsibility” Tab above for more information.

Upper Arlington City Schools 2014 2019 Increase/Decrease
Number of Students 5540 5889 6%
Number of Administrators 26 39 50%
Associate Superintendents/Exec Director 1 3  (2020) 200%↑
Total Admin Salaries 2,630,265 3,904,114 48%↑
Ohio Dept Education
Performance Ranking #26 #67 41↓

Mask Exemptions

Masks are required from in all grades.

There are Mask Exemptions.  If your family wants to apply for a Mask Exemption, please click on the link for directions and the reasons for an exemption:   Mask Exemption Form

Any questions?  Read the District’s COVID-19 Information page: Covid Information

School Board Elections – November 2, 2021

It’s election time!  Two School Board seats are up at the end of 2021.  The terms of Scott McKenzie and Carol Mohr end in December 2021.  Your two votes matter!  Take time to research your two candidates and be sure to vote on November 2nd.

Candidates:

Liz Easton:  Website:  Liz Easton

Scott McKenzie and Carol Mohr are running for re-election.   Website:  McKenzie/Mohr

Nidhi Satiani:  Website: Nidhi Satiani

Lou Sauter:  Website: Lou Sauter

Contact the candidates if you have questions!

New Rankings Page

In 2019, Upper Arlington Schools were ranked 67th in the Ohio Performance Index.  UAEC has new spreadsheets comparing UA to other Districts around the State.  Click on the page Rankings by State of Ohio under the UA Rankings tab above for detailed information.

Did you know the Gifted Program in UA is ranked  156th?  Gifted Ranking

Did you know that Wickliffe is ranked 1,771 (out of 3,316) in elementary schools in the state?  Windermere is 22nd.  Building Rankings

Compare Expenditures by District as it relates to rankings.

Check out other Top District Comparisons

 

SUCCESS!

Thanks to everyone who came to the Board meeting.  Over 60 people attended the meeting to let the Board know that they want to be heard.  Thanks to the speakers for their passion in supporting all kids.

At the May 11th Board Meeting, the School Board spoke about changing the Bathroom Code for the first time.  This was not on the Agenda. The City of Upper Arlington told them to follow the law and change the bathroom signage.  Right now they must make sure the school buildings have all 3 types of bathrooms – Boy, Girl and Gender Neutral.  Just as the original plans required.

It is a huge win when your elected officials finally follow the law.

Here’s a link to the entire meeting: Video May 11, 2021 School Board Meeting

       The bathroom Resolution to agree to follow the law is at 1:03:50.  The Speakers start at 2:19:00.  It’s worth a listen.  Lots of passion.

Thank you to the City of Upper Arlington for finally enforcing Building Code.

Resolution passed by the Board to follow the Code:  Resolution May 11, 2021

School Board Member Comments about the Bathrooms transcribed.   Do they represent you? Board Member Bathroom Comments

Moody Nolan, Architects:  Letter to City Building Department that they will label the bathrooms to Code and to the Original Plans:  Moody Nolan Letter

UAHS Rankings – Falling numbers

The US News and World Report  has posted their high school rankings for Ohio.  UAHS had dropped to 36th.

Previous rankings from US News and World Report:   #14 – 2019   #27 – 2020

To look at UA’s rankings from the State and other organizations, please check out the menu link above:  UA Rankings

As the rankings have plummeted, the Strategic Plan of the UA School District has moved from an Academic focus to a  Well-Being, Social and Emotional Learning and DEI.  Click here to see the 2015-2018 & 2019-2024 Strategic Plans and the UA Quality Profile Comparisons.

The State of Ohio Performance Index Ranking:  UA Schools dropped from  26 in 2015 to  65th – 2018.

PETITION for Common Sense Bathrooms

Please support a CHOICE for the bathrooms!  Sign the Petition.

Petition for Choice

735 Signatures – Thank you!

For Kids. For Inclusion. For Common Sense.

School Board Suing the City Again?

Is the School District planning to sue the City again over the Bathrooms?

The City Building Dept. sent the School District a UA City Inspection Notice with the list of items to be corrected for all the new schools.  Each school must “Install signage to approved plans.”  The approved plans include Common Sense bathrooms where all children have a choice.  (See the letter “UA City Inspection Notice to Schools”  to the left under Restroom Court Cases for the details.)

The District responded through their Architect and have updated the Plans to make bathrooms in the Academic Wings ONLY Gender Neutral.  In this letter, the District is now using Title IX, a Federal Law to defend the change.  Read the letter here:  Architect Response Letter

Is the District going to now sue the City in Federal Court?  Check out this page School Board Suing City Again on the menu above  for more details. Or click this link:  Another lawsuit against the City?

The questions are:  Did the School Board discuss this in a Public meeting?  How much more money is the District planning to spend?

Superintendent Imhoff and the AASA

Check out our new Page on the menu above: AASA

Superintendent Imhoff is the current President-Elect 2020-21 of The School Superintendents Association (AASA).

There are articles and videos of Imhoff on their website, and these links are provided on the AASA page.

Please watch Leader to Leader: Promoting Equity and Inclusion to see how Imhoff describes Upper Arlington to a national audience.   His ten minute talk starts at minute 21:00. Is this an accurate portrayal of Upper Arlington?

These articles and videos give the Community a glimpse into the current leadership of the School District.

CHOICE for Common Sense Restrooms

The UA School District decided to try and change the Ohio Building Code and install ONLY Gender Neutral Bathrooms in new and renovated schools.

In the menu above, click on the Restrooms Information tab for all the details.

As a group we advocate giving all of our children a CHOICE.  They should be able to choose a Gender Neutral Bathroom, a Boy Bathroom or a Girl Bathroom.  Adults should not be choosing where a child goes to the restroom!

We expect the School Board and the Superintendent to spend money on educating our children.  We expect transparency and integrity.

SIGN THE PETITION: Petition

For Kids. For Inclusion. For Common Sense.

Learn why the 5 Day Lawsuit still being pursued

The UAEC advocates for children to have the option to be in school 5 days a week. The District offers the Online Academy for those families needing their children to stay at home.

Did you know the UA School Board’s main argument in the Case was that the Ohio Constitution does not create a fundamental right to a basic minimum education?  A judge agreed.  The families are appealing the decision because they believe Ohio do have a fundamental right to an education.

To learn more about the Court Case, please click on this page: 5 Days a Week Court Case

 

Welcome

Welcome to Upper Arlington Education Coalition!

We are new group created to help the Community connect with the Upper Arlington School District!  Our slogan “Advocating Educational Excellence” sums up the reason we started the group.

We want to be informed about what is going on in the UA Schools, and we want to Advocate for the students.  We will have information about current issues impacting the schools.  In addition, you are welcome to ask questions, and we will direct you where to find your answers.  On our website you will find many links to the District and other organizations that impact education.

Let us know if you have questions or suggestions!