The Ohio 8 is a strategic alliance composed of the superintendents and teacher union presidents from Ohio’s eight urban school districts – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.
The Ohio 8 Coalition was founded on the principle that a high-performance public education system is essential to the civic and economic health of Ohio’s cities. The Coalition is the first-ever formal collaboration of Ohio’s urban superintendents and teacher union presidents. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and partnership, the Coalition enables superintendents and union presidents to work together on issues of common concern and brings a shared labor-management perspective in addressing challenges of urban education.
The Ohio 8 Coalition is governed by a Leadership Council, currently co-chaired by Adrian E. Allison, superintendent of Canton City School District, and David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association.
Leadership Council Members
David James, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools
Pat Shipe, President, Akron Education Association
Adrian Allison, Superintendent, Canton City Schools
Paul Palomba, President, Canton Professional Educators Association
Mary Ronan, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
Julie Sellers, President, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Municipal School District
David Quolke, President, Cleveland Teachers Union
J. Daniel Good, Superintendent, Columbus City Schools
Tracey Johnson, President, Columbus Education Association
Lori L. Ward, Superintendent, Dayton Public Schools
David Romick, President, Dayton Education Association
Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent, Toledo Public Schools
Kevin Dalton, President, Toledo Federation of Teachers
Stephen Stohla, Superintendent, Youngstown City Schools
Larry Ellis, President, Youngstown Education Association