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A Teacher’s Open Letter to Ohio’s New State Superintendent

Dear Mr. DiMaria,

In your summer email to Ohio’s teachers, you noted that you find this to be an exciting time for public education in Ohio. “Exciting” is not the word I would use. “Frustrating” comes to mind as a better description of our current situation. You kindly asked for input, sir, and I feel compelled to give it.

Charles SteinbowerCharles Steinbower
Library Media Specialist
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

I never intended to wind up as a Library Media Specialist in a Prison Library, but I’ve been working within the Ohio Department of Youth Services for three decades now. The juveniles incarcerated there have had limited exposure to the arts and humanities. Most come from economically disadvantaged areas where these programs are infrequent or non-existent. I try to expand their worlds.

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