A Champion for Public Education

photo[1]On Saturday afternoon I had the opportunity to attend the installation of Dr. Charlie Wilson as President of the Ohio School Boards Association.  Since 2007 Dr. Wilson has served as a Board of Education member in Worthington.  In 2012 he’ll serve both as the OSBA President and continue his duties for Worthington.

The Ohio School Boards Association began in 1955. Today, OSBA is composed of 718 school boards. Their 3,395 elected board members represent Ohio’s local, city, exempted village, career center and educational service center districts. Together OSBA advocates for public education in Ohio.

As president Dr. Wilson will have the opportunity to help shape the future of education in Ohio.  Having a Worthington voice in this important position will allow for the perspective of Worthington educators and Worthington families to be represented.  That’s a good thing!

In Dr. Wilson remarks he talked about being a champion of public education.  He described a free system of education that takes all students with a smile, and helps all students, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status.  Dr. Wilson shared some very personal stories of growing up in west Kansas and because his family had, limited means, and limited education, he often had to relocate from one school to another.  He discussed public school teachers who had always welcomed him and worked with him no matter how inconvenient his arrival was for them personally.photo[1]

After graduating high school Dr. Wilson attended junior college (Garden City) before eventually graduating from the University of Kansas as the first member of his family to graduate from college.  Dr. Wilson would tell you that it was the public education system that allowed someone like himself of limited means to eventually earn his law degree from New York University, work on Wall St., and serve as a professor of law at The Ohio State University.

It is from this personal perspective that Dr. Wilson has created his strong beliefs around strong public schools for all children, diverse curricular and co-curricular options for students, and academic freedom for educators.

Dr. Charlie Wilson is now the president of the Ohio School Boards Association.  Worthington should be proud!

photo[2]p.s.  Special thanks to Worthington Kilbourne High School, Principal Ms. Angie Adrean for hosting this event, Dr. Thomas Tucker for being the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Richard Witt for working on Saturday and Mr. George Joseph for his tireless work organizing the event and of course, for the Blue Frost Cupcakes 🙂

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