Q: How will CMSD use funds from Issue 68?

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Q: What is Issue 68?

A | Issue 68, CMSD’s levy on the November 3rd ballot, is a renewal of a levy originally passed by voters in 2012 and renewed in the November 2016 election, plus a 5-mill increase. This 10-year, time-limited levy will continue the reforms and improvements put in place by the Cleveland Plan in 2012, expand on our students’ progress, and improve education for Cleveland’s children. We must keep investing in Cleveland Schools to meet the challenges ahead and make our public education system a major asset for Cleveland’s future.

Q: What is Issue 68?

Q: How much will Issue 68 cost?

Q: How much will Issue XX cost?

A |  Issue 68 will add less than $7 a month for the median Cleveland home value (under $45,000). However, businesses will pay 2/3 of the issue’s total cost to continue the progress in our schools.

Q: How much will Issue 68 cost?

Q: How Long will Issue 68 Last?

A |  This is a 10-year, time-limited issue.

Q: How Long will Issue 68 Last?

Q: Why do CLE Kids and CMSD need your support now?

A | We need to stand by the children of Cleveland, especially in these uncertain times. Without this levy, CMSD students lose $66 million per year, and the District has now gone eight years without an increase in our local taxes. When we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic – and we will – the good new jobs will require education beyond high school. If we only renew the existing levy, which expires at the end of 2020, CMSD would be financially under water in a year – and Ohio law requires a balanced school budget. For Cleveland’s children and workforce to compete in this world, we must continue to improve education here. As a community, we cannot stop preparing our children and economy for a better future – with increased opportunity for all.

Q: Why do CLE Kids and CMSD need your support now?

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Q: How will CMSD use funds from Issue 68?

A |  Clevelanders’ support for better education is already making a major difference. In 2012, Cleveland was the worst school district in Ohio. Today, it is among the fastest improving school districts in the state! CMSD’s graduation rate is now above 80%, and the District is taking steps to close the achievement and graduation gap for African-American and Hispanic students. The schools have also opened 17 new high school programs, and with Say Yes, many graduates are eligible for free college or job training. Issue 68 will continue and expand that progress, help the District retain good teachers, and prepare graduates for college or careers. Additionally, passage of Issue 68 will help CMSD:

  • Provide counseling, mental health, and social services that students need

  • Add thousands of tablets, laptops, and hotspots for students in need

  • Train educators to help them better educate students online

  • Develop new programs in STEM, vocational education, arts, music, College Credit Plus, clubs, athletics, and internships when students return to school.

Q: How will CMSD use funds from Issue 68?

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Q: What happens

without Issue 68?

A | Without Issue 68, CMSD students lose $66 million a year. This would cause drastic cuts in programs and teachers, which will reduce – or even end – the progress the schools have made for children. After eight years with no increase in taxes, CMSD needs our support for Issue 68. It is an investment in educational progress for Cleveland kids.

Q: What happens

without Issue 68?

Q: What communities does CMSD serve?

A |  CMSD educates students in Cleveland, Bratenahl, Linndale, Newburgh Heights and parts of Brook Park and Garfield Heights.

Q: What communities does CMSD serve?

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Q: What is CMSD doing to improve education for younger learners?

A |  For much of the past decade, CMSD has worked with Pre4CLE, an early learning non-profit, to add more than 1,200 high-quality preschool seats so more young Cleveland children get a good start.

Q: What is CMSD doing to improve education for younger learners?

Q: When is Election Day?

A |  Election Day is really election month. You can vote FOR Issue 68 early in person or by mail beginning on Tuesday, October 6.

 

The final day of the election, when you can go to the polls, is Tuesday, November 3.

Q: When is Election Day?

Q: How do I vote early?

Q: How do I vote early?

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A | You can vote early in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or by mail. You can request your early ballot by mail now – and you should to avoid confusion or postal delays.

 

Print and fill out your application for an absentee ballot by visiting the Board of Elections website, and then mail or return it to the Board of Elections.

You will then receive your ballot in early October. Remember to Vote FOR Issue 68 and send your completed ballot back as soon as possible to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections,

2925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.

The Board must receive your completed absentee ballot no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day if you deliver it in person.

If you mail it back, it must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 2nd and received by the Board no later than 10 days after the election.

 

The Board will announce early, in-person voting hours soon. The best idea is to request an early vote application now, and plan to vote as soon as possible.

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Q: How can I help

the campaign?

A | The work of a broad-based, diverse, community-driven grassroots campaign will help pass Issue 68. Campaign coordinators need help in areas such as fundraising, voter adoption, data, phone banking, endorsements, and more. Please sign up to help.

By law, school districts cannot spend any public funds on a campaign. It is up to private individual, businesses, and organizations to help cover the costs of mailers, advertising, and more. Please consider making a donation

Q: How can I help

the campaign?

Q: How do I know if I’m registered?

A |  Check your status by visiting the "My Voting Info" on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website or calling the office at 216-443-VOTE (8683).

 

If you need to register to vote or update your information, use the Ohio Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration System. The registration deadline is October 5th.

Q: How do I know if I’m registered?