OHIO VALLEY — State Rep. Debbie Phillips today kicked off her campaign for the Ohio State Board of Education, filing with more than 200 signatures to represent the 8th District.
“I am running for the State School Board because I care deeply about the children of Ohio, and I want to continue my work to promote high-quality public education opportunities for all of Ohio’s children,” Phillips said. “I think we are making progress on charter school accountability, but we have more work to do. I have the experience and the passion to fight for our children, and I hope to have the opportunity to continue that work at the board level.”
Phillips serves on the House Education Committee, as well as the Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Finance Committee and Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
During her time in the Legislature, Phillips was successful in passing legislation to increase safety drills in schools and to ensure low-income students have access to the educational materials they need to participate in class.
Prior to her election to the Ohio House, she served as the founding executive director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign, working for fair school funding and quality public education for Ohio’s students. She also previously served on Athens City Council and chaired the Planning and Development Committee on city council.
Phillips has received numerous awards for her work promoting public education in Ohio, including:
- Outstanding Alumna Award, 2014 — University College, Ohio University.
- Friend of CORAS Award, 2014 — Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, Patton College of Education.
- Friend of Education Award 2012 — Southeastern Ohio Education Association.
- Friend of Education Award 2011 — Belpre Education Association.
- Friend of Education Award 2004 — Ohio Federation of Teachers.
The 8th District on the Ohio State Board of Education includes the 29th, 30th and 33rd Senate Districts, stretching from the Mahoning Valley to southeastern Ohio. Phillips currently serves as state representative for the 94th House District, which includes Meigs County, and parts of Athens, Washington and Vinton counties. She lives in Albany with her husband and children.