Angie Schmitt, a Cleveland writer and urban planner, published a personal appeal for Issue 68 in Crain's Cleveland Business on Oct. 18.
Schmitt discusses how helpful her son's kindergarten teacher has been during the first five weeks of online learning, as well as the broader reasons why voters should support Issue 68. Here's an excerpt:
"Our childhood poverty rate is, a recent analysis found, the highest in the nation among large cities. The school system is the key institution on the front lines of addressing that problem. It provides meals daily. But it goes beyond that. Almost a quarter of the students at CMSD have 'individualized education programs' for those who have learning challenges. CMSD offers services for students who are English language learners. CMSD offers special care to students who are dealing with homelessness or behavioral problems. CMSD even brings dentists to the school to provide care. There really is an amazing range of services the district provides ... There are lots of good generic reasons to support any school levy. And I agree with all of those. But here's an additional reason to support CMSD: Support them because they do a great job. I really believe that."