Cleaning up the Mess from Sacred Cows: A Strategy to Take Back Our Public Schools


Corky O’Callaghan has spent the past twenty-five years helping educational leaders in more than three hundred Ohio school districts utilize the power of community engagement to build public support for placing tax issues on the ballot, restructuring educational programs and services, and addressing other challenges and opportunities impacting their schools and community.

Charlie Irish served for thirteen years as superintendent of the Medina City Schools in Medina, Ohio, where he successfully pioneered cutting-edge community engagement strategies challenging the conventional wisdom of his profession. Since retiring, he has been working with the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.

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Our public schools are in trouble. Not only have our teachers and students been overwhelmed by three decades of sweeping education reforms, but the long-standing relationship between the public and its public schools is hanging by a thread. Cleaning Up the Mess from Sacred Cows: A Strategy to Take Back Our Public Schools exposes the root of the problem as misguided conventional wisdom which, until now, has been immune from criticism. In Ohio, a grassroots movement challenging this sacred-cow thinking is serving as an important source of learning for the rest of the country.


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