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Community meeting discusses Cleveland school levy

11:18 PM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Clevelanders have to make a very important choice this November. 

City leaders, alongside Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, came together Saturday afternoon to remind the community of the very real consequences of a levy failure. 

"It's do or die time for our schools. That's where we are. If our levy fails so will our city and our region," said Gordon. 

In the past two years alone, the district has been forced to cut more than $114 million from its budget. It did so by cutting more than a thousand teaching and staffing positions, shortening the school day for students, and eliminating programs.

With no new money from a levy, the cuts will only get worse.  The idea of that doesn't sit well with Mary Campbell-Stack. 

She acknowledges many of the cuts have come at a state level.  But she doesn't want those cuts to impact students any further. 

"Unfortunately we have to deal with that.  Our kids shouldn't have to pay," she said. 

The 15-mill levy will cost the owner of a $50,000 home, about $230 a year for the next 4 years. 

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