Cleveland: Approve levy or teachers will be cut

Cleveland: Approve levy or teachers will be cut

Cleveland Municipal School District CEO Eric Gordon proposed a 15 mill tax levy at Wednesday night's special school board meeting.  If approved, the levy would keep Cleveland schools from operating at a $50 million deficit next year, and could save 700-800 teaching and staff positions.  If it fails, the district could go into fiscal oversight and could be taken over by the state and run at minimum standards.

The board unanimously voted to allowed the fiscal officer of Cuyahoga County to certify the value of the levy.  Another special meeting will be held on July 31 to consider adding the levy to the November ballot.

If the levy passes, a new renewal won't be needed for 4 four years.  

In the last two years, the district has cut more than $114 million.  This year alone, 565 teachers and staff were cut.

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