I have been involved in Columbus City Schools for the past 10 years as a parent, volunteer, and advocate. I served as the Secretary and Vice President of PACE, a parent advocacy and support organization for the district's Gifted & Talented students, and was involved in the PTA at my son's school. I am a Reading Buddy, Junior Achievement instructor, and developed a career exploration program for middle schoolers.

I was also part of a vocal group of parents that organized against Issue 50/51, the 2013 levy that proposed a permanent 23.5% property tax increase while diverting money to charter schools and more highly paid administrators. The plan was lacking in details and would have radically changed the face of public education in our city. The measure went down 69% to 31% proving that it truly is okay to vote no when it's in the best interest of our community.

In 2014, I saw the power of student and family voices firsthand when I helped to organize against proposed changes in gifted education programming. Parents and students wrote letters, spoke in front of the Board, attended community meetings, and successfully managed to get the program changes postponed and eventually reworked into a more favorable plan for families and students.   

I believe in the power of ordinary people to make incredible change.

As a child, I experienced periods of housing and financial insecurity and as a single mother, I struggled with balancing a full-time job, raising my son, and advocating for his educational needs. I know how important it is to have someone willing to fight for you. I'm ready to fight for the students, families, and teachers of Columbus. 



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  • Traci endorsed

    “Amy Harkins exemplifies exactly what students, teachers, parents, and community members desperately need in a school board member. I have seen firsthand how Amy has been devoted to CCS for years. She actually spends time in our schools, which makes her acutely aware of our struggles and what is needed for overcoming them. Amy is intelligent, logical, passionate, and courageous. She is dedicated to honoring our children and our community and she is committed to making the Columbus City School District the best it can be. She is not afraid to take on tough battles and stand up for what is right. She has done it before and has experience working effectively within our unique system. She has the sensibility and the even temperment necessary to bring about change. CCS needs Amy Harkins.”

  • Lori Ziegler Halt endorsed

    “I support Amy Harkins for Columbus Board of Education because I have seen how committed she is to helping children and giving back to the community.”

July 4, 2017

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  • Traci endorsed

    “Amy Harkins exemplifies exactly what students, teachers, parents, and community members desperately need in a school board member. I have seen firsthand how Amy has been devoted to CCS for years. She actually spends time in our schools, which makes her acutely aware of our struggles and what is needed for overcoming them. Amy is intelligent, logical, passionate, and courageous. She is dedicated to honoring our children and our community and she is committed to making the Columbus City School District the best it can be. She is not afraid to take on tough battles and stand up for what is right. She has done it before and has experience working effectively within our unique system. She has the sensibility and the even temperment necessary to bring about change. CCS needs Amy Harkins.”

  • Traci endorsed

  • Lori Ziegler Halt endorsed

    “I support Amy Harkins for Columbus Board of Education because I have seen how committed she is to helping children and giving back to the community.”

  • Megan Hardin endorsed