Wednesday, October 21, 2020

What is Cleveland school levy Issue 68? |

What is Cleveland school levy Issue 68? |
National Teachers Union President joins push for Cleveland school levy support

CLEVELAND — National Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten has joined the movement to gain support for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s levy, which is known as Issue 68 on the upcoming November ballot.

The American Federation of Teachers and the Cleveland Teachers Union also joined CMSD CEO Eric Gordon at the Tuesday press conference “to lay out the huge stakes on Issue 68 as election day draws closer.”

"All they're asking for is to continue that levy and add a little bit more," Weingarten said. "No more than $7 a month for most households in this city to continue the progress."

The participants gathered to send the message that in the middle of the COVID crisis, we need to continue to fund Cleveland's future by improving education and opportunity for kids, organizers said.

We streamed the entire press conference, which you can watch in full below:

The levy, which is a 15-mill renewal and a 5-mill increase, will be used to cover the district’s operating budget for 10 years.

“A non-renewal of the levy would slash spending by $66 million, close 25 schools, reduce counseling, mental health and social supports and halt crucial digital supports,” organizers said in a press release. “It is being opposed by a shadowy group of GOP-linked operatives, who have refused to reveal their identity and blanketed the city with misleading anti-schools CONTINUE READING: What is Cleveland school levy Issue 68? |