Columbus Council Of PTAs Declines To Back Levy Campaign

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and interim superintendent Dan Good continue their campaign FOR the levy tonight with a Southside townhall meeting.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and interim superintendent Dan Good continue their campaign FOR the levy tonight with a Southside townhall meeting.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)

A coalition of Columbus’ PTA clubs reportedly will not endorse the district’s levy campaign.

The group voted this week to not take a position on the levy that would mean about $400 in new annual property taxes for the average Columbus home.

They’re also not supporting or opposing a proposal to create a new auditor position that would report to a city commission.

Mayor Michael Coleman and interim superintendent Dan Good continue their campaign FOR the levy tonight with a Southside townhall meeting.

The two ballot issues were recommended by the mayor’s education commission. The commission was appointed after news that several high-ranking school employees retroactively changed thousands of attendance records.

Comments
  • AaronUnicorn

    There are a few details about this meeting that are being intentionally obscured by the CCoPTA following Monday’s meeting.

    First: The initial vote was not “to take no position.” It was “move to vote to not endorse the levy.” The difference is subtle, but significant. One is neutral, the other is more firmly negative, although still not taking the step of saying “We endorse voting no.”

    Second: The vote was unanimous among the people there. The PTA Council President was silent. You can call that an abstention, but you cannot call it a vote of “No.”

    Third: There was a motion “to take a public position explaining why this body voted unanimously to not endorse Issues 50 and 51,” which also passed with no objections. When the selected parents crafted the wording of that statement, the Council President and Vice President put their foot down that the released statement would not include any of the points raised during the meeting.

    I understand that the Mayor and the CCoPTA heads are disappointed with the results of the vote, but you don’t get to pretend that the vote didn’t happen the way it did. Similarly, the Mayor’s office’s argument that the meeting “was a small sample that does not represent the membership of the organization,” does not hold water. Votes are determined as much by turnout as they are by the feelings of the constituency as a whole – and the parents/PTA members who came out made their voices heard. Other parents may feel differently, but they weren’t there for the vote.

    • CCS Parents

      Agreed! I was there, I voted to NOT endorse the levy. Those in attendance all had various issues with the levy. This meeting was scheduled by the CCoPTA heads at the request of the levy campaign, it was advertised as such to all PTA/PTO’s.. people showed up an voted..end of story!

  • Mary

    Look at this and tell me why do they need more money?