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Dayton Education Association President David Romick.

David Romick, Champion of Change

Dayton Education Association President David Romick received the honor of becoming a “Champion of Change” at a White House event today for his exceptional school reform initiatives.

Romick has been instrumental in implementing dramatic changes to help close the achievement gap in Dayton public schools, especially at Belmont High School, one of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign target sites.

“It is quite an honor to be included in the School Turnaround Champions of Change event at the White House,” said Romick. “Credit goes to so many, but mostly to the instructional staff of the Dayton Public Schools for their daily work in our buildings.”

In his first term as local president, Romick worked closely with administrators and school staff to raise promotion rates, increase college-level test participation, and decrease student discipline and violence issues.

“His leadership in reform and union-management collaboration initiatives has enabled the transformation of lower-performing schools in his community,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel in a statement. “Romick and fellow education leaders in Dayton, Ohio, understand the importance of a steadfast principal, a strong union, and a dedication on both sides to the idea that persistent and honest collaboration is the only sure way to save struggling schools.”

Learn more about David Romick’s work by reading about Belmont High School’s transformation.

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