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Cleveland: Voters pass 15-mill schools levy

1:33 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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Voters in Cleveland pass a 15-mill school levy, a levy backed by Mayor Frank Jackson, city and state leaders.

This is the first levy to pass since 1995.

Unofficial results have it passing 77,977 to 59, 905.

"Now the real work begins starting tomorrow," says CEO Eric Gordon. This levy will generate $67 million a year and it will last four years.

Without the passage, more than 500 teachers would have been laid off and programs cut. Now the district plans to add an hour back to the school day and possibly extend the school year.

"This was a coalition in this city," says Mayor Frank Jackson who spearheaded this campaign. He says all parts of the city came together to get the Cleveland Schools heading in the right direction.

Governor John Kasich released a statement just before midnight:

"The sun got a lot brighter today for Cleveland's children and it's just great to see it happen. Mayor Jackson has been a visionary and compassionate leader for Cleveland's kids and, together with the community and the teachers, is charting a much-needed course to get the city's schools back on track."

"As Ohio continues to recover we can't leave anyone behind, and the Cleveland Plan, with the support it received today, is essential to providing Cleveland's kids and the city overall with the quality education that every child deserves."


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