Fellow residents of District 3,

My name is Matthew McGowan, and I am running to represent you on the State Board of Education. I am a strong advocate of local control when it comes to public education. I feel teachers, parents, and local administrators/support staff can do a far better job of determining what’s best for students than a bloated bureaucracy nearly two hours away. I believe that every student is an individual, and as such, a “one size fits all” approach to education is antithetical to meeting each individual student’s needs.

I am no fan of standardized testing and evaluations for students or teachers. I am often reminded of the old saying, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s an idiot.” Students are able to do their best when teachers, administrators, and parents are free to collaborate and implement what works best for each student as individuals.

I will work tirelessly with my fellow board members to encourage them to cede as much control back to the individual school districts as possible on every level. I know reversing the trend of expanding central control of public education will be difficult, but I truly believe it can be done if we act now.

I hope to earn your support this November 6th. Please feel free to reach out with questions, comments or concerns!

Thanks again,

Matthew McGowan

Candidate, District 3 Representative, Ohio State Board of Education

About Matt

A U.S. Army Veteran, Matthew “Matt” McGowan is a lifelong Ohio resident with a passion for service. From 2009-2012, Matt was one of three elected Libertarians in the state of Ohio, serving as a Councilman for the city of Cheviot. He currently resides in Liberty Township, Ohio with his wife and four children, where
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Matt's Platform

Return Control to Local Districts

Parents, teachers, and local administrators know what works best for their districts. They should be able to craft policy and teaching plans based on their needs, not the dictates of the state.

Change The Way We Teach

When it comes to education, one size definitely does not fit all. Everyone learns differently and at a different pace. It is past time to explore Self-Directed and Project-Based Educational options in our public schools.