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Cincinnati Public School Board At-Large MemberCincinnatiHamiltonOH
Marlena is a graduate of Western Hills High School and parent of a student at Dater High School. A native of Cincinnati, her first-hand insight into Cincinnati Public Schools makes her an ideal advocate for all our children. Marlena and her family reside on the West Side of Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati Public School Board At-Large Member
November 5 2019

I'm a non-traditional candidate running a non-traditional campaign because I've seen how "the way things always work" doesn't work for everybody. Is there any reason a short, purple-haired woman from the West Side with a burning passion to fight for educational justice can't run for school board? I'm doing this because I can, because I want to, and because students and families deserve someone who fights on their side.

I'm a proud graduate of Cincinnati's public schools and parent of a current CPS student. I've been a teen parent struggling with the demands of school, work, and motherhood. I was a college graduate unable to find a job making a living wage to support myself and my daughter. I'm a person who lives out loud, comfortable in my own skin.

I believe in public education. I believe it has the power to shape minds and change lives. Most importantly, I believe that in Cincinnati Public Schools we have the power to bring out the best in our kids and support them on the path to graduation and beyond. Our school board policies need to reflect this not only on paper, but also in how we spend your tax dollars, taking into account that CPS is a large, urban district with diverse educational needs. When I take office, I will be your full-time board member, working to make sure the district is walking its talk on behalf of the students.