News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Akron Children's Hospital

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education




Akron, Cleveland schools pass levies
Tax issues approved resoundingly
Story by MICHELLE KANU
This story is part of a special series.


 

School officials in Cleveland and Akron are celebrating today (Wednesday) after voters resoundingly approved levies on Tuesday's ballot for both districts. From member station WCPN in Cleveland, Michelle Kanu reports the tax increases mean the districts can avoid making some cuts to programs later this year.

Gordon on his school levy passing

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:11)


Jackson on his school levy passing

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:16)


James on his school levy passing

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:13)


Dozens of Cleveland Schools levy supporters gathered at Tower City in Downtown Cleveland and danced to the tunes of Zapp and Roger for much of the night as the election results steadily showed the tax increase passing.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the campaign for the 15 mill levy was successful because so many constituents supported it. 

“It was a true community effort. A community effort by the business community and the labor.  A community effort by public schools and charters. A community effort by the philanthropic community.  Everyone got involved.”

That community effort raised over 1.7 million in campaign dollars for one of the largest tax issues on the ballot in Northeast Ohio.

The measure will bring in $65 million dollars annually over the next four years, or about ten percent of the district’s operating budget. District CEO Eric Gordon says the money will largely go toward implementing a broad reform plan and help restore some of the cuts made in the last two years.

“I think the first priority is to take a look at the K-8 school day where we cut 50 minutes and see if there’s something we could do to get kids back in school for a full school day.”

Across town the Akron Schools are also celebrating.  The district passed a 7.9 mill levy that will bring in 19 million dollars a year.  Superintendent David James says that money will help them preserve some things that were previously on the chopping block.

“Right now we’re looking at keeping our career education programs, our specialty programs and not having to make severe staffing cuts that would affect the classroom.”

Like Cleveland’s officials, James says the levy’s passage was crucial to ensuring the district doesn’t fall into fiscal oversight by the state.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Advocacy group: Ohio could lead in clean energy
Ohio Legislators, You are supposed to be our leaders but you're not taking us where we want to go - where we need to go!

Campaign for and against marijuana legalization begins
Cannabis legalization needs to happen as soon as possible! But not if it gives monopolies to a selected few to grow and sell the herb. Responsible Ohio's mono...

Heinen's in downtown Cleveland sponsors a contest for food entrepreneurs
Love that this took place right here! What a way to support local. Thank you Heinens! Love this quote, as a small local biz, I agree, it's big!! "To be a small...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University