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                Rank   Area                                   Total ($k)

                       We need to address disadvantaged         $131
                       We need to improve in STEM areas         $56
                       (Science, Technology, Engineering,
                       We need to address Standardized          $53


               This is a draft report.  It contains participant insight and input and some analysis.  From this result, Rep.
               Brinkman will do additional analysis and, ultimately, determine the best proposals and approaches for
               the district and Ohio.

               But, on the surface, the stand-out action areas include (with Mr. Brinkman’s comments from above):
                   •  We need to address the disadvantaged students
                          o  Rep. Brinkman was surprised this area was the #1 concern by far of participants.  He
                              appreciated the insight.
                          o  For all that is done for the disadvantaged across state and federal programs, it seems it
                              all too often ids not working.  The goal should be independence (not dependence).
                          o  After long thought, Rep. Brinkman believes the #1 goal is to actually reduce the # of
                              people who are disadvantaged.  That is the only sustainable long term solution.  So,
                              maybe vocational education for PARENTS of disadvantaged so they can fill one of the
                              300k skilled trades jobs in Ohio not being fulfilled today.
                          o  Also, Rep. Brinkman believes new, better paying jobs for the disadvantaged families of
                              Ohio is also critical.  This means being more competitive as a state for more investment.
                          o  Finally, the Opioid crisis (#4 priority in the constituent survey) is part of this.  It is
                              accelerating the issues.
                          o  In the mid to long term, we need to address why people are disadvantaged.  In the short
                              term, we need to treat the symptoms (ex: hungry kids showing up at school) as best we
                              can.  In the big picture, it is critical that we address the core causes vs. the symptoms.
                          o  School funding is an ongoing issue. The economic vitality of the state to the county /
                              local level is the #1 way we can address this.  Otherwise, we end up on a race to the
                              bottom.  The state needs to play a role in assuring every child in Ohio has access to a
                              good education but we also need to make sure parents of children in Ohio have access
                              to a good job and the skills needed to succeed.
                   •  We need to improve in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
                          o  Rep. Brinkman will look into the plan for STEM in primary grades.
                          o  He will look into to what degree the state university system offers summer programs.
                          o  He will get information on the state approach to maximize our share of Title IV and Title
                              II funds.

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