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Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Report cards do not reflect what makes schools effective

It's state report card time for our schools.  The measures that are used are not reflective of the important aspects of our schools.  These flawed metrics encourage the wrong behaviors and do not measure all schools the same.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:34 PM

Strengthen our neighborhood schools without turning them into magnets

I recently had an op-ed published in the Cincinnati Enquirer discussing the strength of our magnet programs, the need to strengthen our neighborhood schools and providing an excellent education to all of our children.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:16 PM

Our Revolution Greater Cincinnati Endorsement

I am proud to announce that Our Revolution Greater Cincinnati (ORGC) has honored me with their endorsement for Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education.  ORGC is working to advance progressive causes, and I am happy to say that our goals, especially in the education space, are in alignment.

I am encouraged by and happy to be entrusted with their support.

Monday, July 24, 2017 10:33 AM

Healthcare and Education

We hear a lot about the new healthcare bill(s) being proposed and many of us are outraged. But you may ask, how does this relate to education? Why is a school board candidate talking about this? All of our federal and state funding are interconnected in ways that aren’t always immediately obvious.

There are many services provided by our schools to children that need assistance. The schools are legally required to provide many of these services. It could be accommodations for children with special needs, it could be mental and social health services. There are a number of support systems needed to make sure all of our children get the best opportunity to learn.

Federal and local healthcare subsidies pay for, or reimburse, the district for some of these services. Without those subsidies the services is still legally required and the money needs to come from somewhere. That “somewhere" is partially from classroom support. By gutting medicare, medicaid and other programs we are impacting EVERY student in our district.

Regardless of how you feel about the ACA (Obamacare) or the AHCA (Trumpcare), I urge you to call your representatives at both the state and federal level and let them know that you support healthcare services that are provided by our schools. Without continued funding we will negatively impact our children.

Monday, July 24, 2017 9:11 AM

Charters don't work

Charters don't work. Before you object, I acknowledge you can find occasional examples of success, but the vast majority do not help our students. Dismantling our public education system to fund private institutions, that aren't accountable to the taxpayer, is irresponsible and anathema to all good sense.

The argument for privatizing education is that charter schools can teach kids more effectively for less money. If we don't have good measures for success, or charter schools don't provide information and transparency how do we know that is true? To date what little measuring we do has demonstrated less effectiveness and wasting of taxpayer dollars. So, shouldn't we stop supporting charter schools?

If something doesn't work, and people keep pushing it, what is the motivation? Would we accept failure from other entities funded by our government?

The goals of a private for-profit business are not in alignment with those of an educational system. Yes, a business will try to make things less expensive but the goal is to increase margin and maximize profit. These cost reductions do not always make it to the end consumer (taxpayer) but rather go to investors.

Children are not interchangeable products. They are individuals that require different things. There is a component of skill to being a teacher and the goal of our schools should not be mass produced, one size fits all education. That is what business is going to try to produce in the name of efficiency.

There are things our schools can learn from business, but let's not forget that they are not companies. They are institutions whose goals are to produce citizens that can earn a living, understand the world and participate in our democracy. Charters have been proven to not succeed in that capacity, and it's time to stop the pretending they are.

Monday, July 17, 2017 5:30 PM

How am I unique in this race?

How am I unique in this race? There are other parents that are candidates. I am unique in that I currently have children in multiple schools within the district, have 10 years of experience with CPS as a parent and will be in our district for more than a decade to come.

I believe that it is critically important that there is a parent on the board that understands the challenges that faces parents, students and families every day. Between school, homework, extra curricular activities, busing, carpooling, lunches, etc there are a lot of commitments and changing any of them can easily throw a routine into chaos.

When looking to any elected official, I want to make sure that they live with the ramifications of policy they enact for all of families of the district. Ensuring that your school board contains members that live with the impacts of policy changes means that changes take the needs of families into account.

As you think about your candidates when you go to the polls, ask yourself, do you want someone that understands the parents perspective and will be impacted by policy, or do you want someone that makes policy that impacts everyone but them? Let’s keep a parent’s perspective on the board.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Green Party Endorsement

I am happy to announce that I have been honored with the endorsement of the Hamilton County Green Party. At the start of my campaign, I stated that I was not running with any particular party or necessarily seeking to run with one. When I was approached about this endorsement, we had a discussion about this statement and my stance on the issue. My intention has always been to be as free as possible from influence that would impact how I make decisions. After talking with Green Party representatives, it became clear that our positions are in alignment, and there will not be a conflict in this regard. I am still running as an independent with the endorsement of the party.

Both the Hamilton County Green Party and I agree that there is a need to provide quality education for all of our students, with more transparency and collaboration from the Board of Education. The party has been very vocal about the need to address the increase in bullying in our schools, which is also one of my priorities. In addition, we are aligned in the belief that our students need to feel safe in schools for their mental well-being and to keep their focus on learning.

I gratefully accept the endorsement of the Hamilton County Green Party, and with your vote, I hope to do all that I can to improve our schools and our students' education as your next member of the Board of Education.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:00 PM

Donation thank you premiums

We have started getting our materials in for you to show the world your support for the campaign.


With each donation, regardless of amount, we will send a vinyl static cling bumper sticker.  It is very stylish and looks great on the back window of your car.


For donations of $50 or more will receive a t-shirt to show your colors.


All of your current and future support is greatly appreciated as we try to bring change to our public school board.

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:59 AM


Last night we had an amazing crowd come out and support us at the Woodburn Brewery for our official campaign kick-off.  It was an evening of fantastic beer, great food courtesy of the Lagasea Cafe food truck, and exceptional conversation with members of the community.

It was helpful to have the opportunity to speak with more members of the community about what they think is great about our school system and the problems that need to be addressed.  It is clear that our community values CPS, I know we do.

The more I talk with parents, teachers, and community members the more I see that we can do amazing things if we work together to find solutions.  I can't wait to continue to engage with the people of our district to come up with new ideas as a group.  That is how we succeed, all working together for a common goal with everyone represented.

Thanks to all that made last night a great start to the next phase of the campaign.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:30 PM

News from the Board of Elections

On May 11, 2017, I delivered my completed petition to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. I was told that I was the first candidate to submit a completed petition.

I received a call from them on May 12. I was informed that there were “more than enough” signatures for my petition to be declared valid. David Brenner will be on the ballot in November! This is the first major milestone of my campaign.

I’d like to thank all of my friends & family that helped collect signatures. I would also like to thank the staff at the Board of Elections; they were extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Most of all, I would also like to thank the citizens of the city of Cincinnati for their trust when they signed the petition to put me on the ballot in November.

With this out of the way we will increase our focus on meeting with the members of the Cincinnati community. Look for me at your community council meetings, festivals, etc. I’d love to talk to you about your concerns and let me know what is important to you; remember, I will be your representative.

We will work to keep the website and Facebook up to date with events. If you would like to host a forum, please let me know. We would love to put you on our calendar to hear from your group.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:01 PM

How I'm funding my campaign

We all know that money is a force in politics. Unfortunately, it costs a fair bit of money to get out your message.  When I started researching what candidates in prior elections spent, the amount of money spent on a School Board election is surprising, especially since it is effectively an unpaid position.  Elections being money driven should not be the case and especially with something as important as our children's future. 

I am not running as a member of a political party. I am not backed by PAC money. My goal from the outset has to fund personally and through the donations of friends, family and community members; I will be upfront with the voters about where my contributions come from.  Campaign contributions are a matter of public record. I encourage every voter to understand where money comes from in this and prior elections. This helps you understand everyone's biases and who they will help. 

My reason for running is the future of my 4 children attending Cincinnati Public Schools and all of the other current & future students. I believe in public schools and CPS. Together we can make sure that our schools are the best they can be for all children in all of our schools.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:20 AM

Remembering why I am running

Friday, March 17, 2017 9:08 AM

Eliminate the Department of Education?

The House of Representatives have submitted more than one bill to eliminate the Department of Education.  It should be no surprise that the current administration is against support of public schools.

We need to ensure that we have strong public schools moving forward and must accept that there will be increasing challenges to making this a reality.  We are a great nation with a strong economy because we have an outstanding public education system.

David will work to ensure that we make the most of the shrinking resources the district is going to have.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:20 AM

President Trump's 2018 budget proposal

Today, President Trump released his blueprint for the FY2018 budget.  Just a cursory look at it indicates that there is a disregard for public education.

The Department of Education is going to have approximately $9b less allocated, a 14% decrease.  Of the remaining budget approximately $1.4b more is going to "school choice" which has been shown to be ineffective.

It is more important than ever to have someone on our school board that is able to cut costs while not losing ground on our education priorities.  If elected, David brings the skills necessary to help our public schools though these difficult times.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Excluding stakeholders from education standards discussion?

It appears that the Federal Department of Education could be trying to exclude stakeholders from the development of education standards at the state level.  Feedback from parents, school boards, teachers, and others is necessary to develop solid standards for our children's education.

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Ohio gives $400mm to private schools

This is a huge problem for school budgets going forward. We need to address the near term budget issues and make public schools more attractive so students don't leave. Public schools are a cornerstone of our way of life and need to be protected funding like infrastructure and military spending.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:30 PM

Why I'm running

I’ve never run for office before, nor am I an educator. So, why in the world would I run for Cincinnati School Board? I would bring to the Board a viewpoint I feel is currently underrepresented, effective problem solving.

My career started in software development and information technology,  currently my professional role is in strategic planning and resource management. Over the years I've developed many valuable skills such as how to effectively listen to people, understand the issues they face and work with them to develop the best solutions possible using the available resources. Sometimes it’s building a new computer system. Sometimes it's altering the way people do things to make them more successful. This the kind problem solving is relevant everywhere: home, work, and school.

What I want to bring to Cincinnati Public Schools is the ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently.  Today we have so many ways to share information, to see what developments have proven successful in other districts and see how to apply them to our own schools. CPS will benefit from the lessons on reducing costs, innovative solutions and problem solving that I have acquired from my business and technology experience.

We all realize that CPS needs to make the best use of limited resources to benefit our school system and the students they serve.  As we move forward public schools must find ways to do more with less and having someone on the school board who possesses the skills necessary to make that happen is more critical than ever.

I believe that a school board should be made of people from a broad, diverse set of backgrounds because different perspectives and skill sets make for better solutions.  I am a candidate that can help take Cincinnati Public Schools to the next level for our children and our future.

Monday, February 27, 2017 1:30 PM

I'm running for office

For a long while Gina and I have been talking about how to become more active politically. This goes beyond just this past election.  One option that has come up repeatedly over the years is running for political office.  Well, we’ve decided that I am going to run for Cincinnati Public School Board.

Looking at it, this is one area where we can make a large difference.  We are both actively involved in our children’s school through the PTO, and have devoted a lot of time to supporting our school. She and I have both held officer positions and have found it to be rewarding way for us to give back to the school.   As we have built relationships with the teachers and administration it has become clear that running for the school board is another opportunity to help them with their mission of educating our children.

My wife and I are passionate about education and the need for making sure the next generations have a solid foundation in areas such as STEM and how to critically evaluate the world around them.  We are trying to teach our children that they can do anything they set their mind to and an education is critical to start that journey.

A few things that I am passionate about and will work as a school board member to encourage:

  • Make sure All students in all schools recieve the  attention they need
  • Provide Teachers with the current materials they need to support our children’s learning
  • Improve all of our schools and district report cards across the board
  • Provide more opportunity for technology in and out of the classroom
  • Facilitate hands on learning such as via maker spaces 
  • Assist PTOs in supplementing the needs of their communities, instead of having to replace lost funding from the district
  • Verify that the district is being good stewards of the taxpayers dollars

Right now I’m working on getting my petitions together to get on the ballot, trying to figure out my social media, fundraising, etc.

As we embark on this journey, I will need support from friends and family.  We do not have the financial resources to fund a campaign personally and will need the support of like minded voters. I want to run this campaign as inexpensively as possible, and with our experience raising funds for our school I know we can make that happen.  This also means that I will need volunteers that believe in the mission of ensuring we have the best public education system possible for all of our children. I'm excited to get to work!

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