Issue 107 Cleveland school levy passes

2:53 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- In unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Cleveland Municipal School District's Issue 107 -- the 4-year, 15-mill levy -- voters passed it by a 77,977 vote to 59,905 vote.

Issue 107 passed with a 56.5 percent favorable rate.

What this means is no further budget cuts will be made for now and some school district programs pared by state budget cuts could be returning.

School district CEO Eric Gordon said he would bring back arts and music programs if Issue 107 passed.

The property tax levy will cost the average Cleveland homeowner 63 cents a day or about $230 annually.

It will raise $67 million each year of the 4-year levy.

The CMSD has not passed an operating levy since 1995.

In that time, school officials have achieved a 23 percent increase in graduation rates while reducing their deficit.

In the last two years, the district's state and federal funding has been cut by $168 million.

Ohio's constitution dictates that its schools must be adequately and equitably funded, and the current system for funding schools has been declared unconstitutional four times by the Ohio Supreme Court.


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