Modern City


Superintendent/CEO Lorain City Schools

This blog shares my personal views and experiences as a superintendent of public school systems in Ohio. My goal here is my goal in all communication -  to engage in respectful and productive discourse with those I serve. Please note that while these thoughts are my own, many of these communications were also published by the school districts I've been honored to work with -- shared through district e-newsletters, websites, social media, mobile apps, and text. My hope is that this page helps to ignite a passion for transparent communication and engagement with other educational leaders as well.

About six weeks ago, our family circumstances were altered in such a way that we are required to relocate about an hour and a half from Canton to Lorain County. While it’s not appropriate to publicly share the specific reasons, Lorain County is where my wife is from, w...

Now that we’re neighbors (we recently purchased a home in the district), I’d like to share my thoughts with you as I reflect on my first seven months as superintendent of the Canton City Schools. I share this with you with the full understanding that we as a district h...

In the Canton City School District's Class of 2019, 96% of the students who were educated in our classrooms who did not transfer schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade graduated on time, well prepared for their futures.  

That story isn’t heard, though,...

Chairwoman Lehner, members of the committee, my name is Jeff Graham, I am the superintendent of Canton City Schools. I want to thank you for hearing my testimony today which opposes the process being undertaken to repeal and replace HB 70.

I agree that education quality...

Ohio’s legislators continue to grapple with how to support struggling schools. As the former Superintendent of numerous Ohio school districts including one subjected to HB70, I believe I have a unique perspective on what successful state intervention could look like. I...

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