Voters Opposed To School Levies Are “Cutting Their Own Throats”

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Many Ohio school districts are still struggling with state funding cuts instituted last year.(Photo: Flickr)
Many Ohio school districts are still struggling with state funding cuts instituted last year.(Photo: Flickr)

Tuesday’s special election was a bad time for Ohio schools to try to pass a tax levy.

25 of the 35 levies before Ohio voters failed. The right-leaning Buckeye Institute think tank calls the vote a message that voters remain unconvinced that schools have made needed reforms.

For some more insight on why so many levies failed and what school can do differently, WOSU’s Steve Brown spoke with consultant and public education advocate Jamie Vollmer. Click the play button above to hear their conversation.

Comments
  • erica

    I wish the article had information, or a link to information, saying specifically which districts had levies and which of those past. I also wish WOSU had sent an email on Monday telling us which places had levies — I don’t even know if there was one in my area. (My apologies if both of those happened and I just missed it!)

    • erica

      Oops, I meant *passed*. Time for more coffee. (sigh)

  • Soccerfanyes

    After the schools address the pension costs, medical costs, and raises at a faster rate than the private sector for educators, miraculously the tax issues will stand a chance of passing. Until then, forget-about-it!