AMOS endorses CPS levy
UPDATE: The Charter Committee also endorsed the CPS levy at its meeting today, reports President Michael Goldman, despite Charter's recent publicized concerns about the district's financial transparency. CPS board president Eve Bolton and Treasurer Jonathan Boyd convinced Charter that the district is making a "good faith effort" at accountability and openness, Goldman said.
The AMOS Project lent a hand to the Cincinnati Public Schools tax levy campaign today, endorsing the 7.89-mill levy.
In a press release, AMOS president Gregory Chandler Sr. framed CPS' need for more tax revenue as a social justice concern:
“Education is the primary building block for financial security in our society,” Chandler said.
“Low income families in the City of Cincinnati—many of them African American and Hispanic—depend on the public schools to provide a sound educational foundation for their children. These families lack the resources to send their children elsewhere for the kind of education their young people need to become successful and able to provide for their own futures. Therefore, we must support the levy so that Cincinnati Public Schools will have the resources to serve our children in the best possible way.”
The release went on to site recent academic progress by CPS, and acknowledged that the levy will raise real estate taxes substantially. But it's the only funding available until broader state law changes are made, Chandler said. AMOS is a coalition of area churches.
Also today, the Charter Committee, Cincinnati's third political party, meets to weigh an endorsement for CPS. City Council could also act on a similar resolution tonight.