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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CPS campaign hits the airwaves

The improved fundraising for the CPS levy campaign this spring is paying off, at least judging by a large radio buy this week.

Cincinnatians Active to Support Education, the campaign committee for the levy, poured nearly $40,000 into a radio advertising campaign that started Tuesday.

The committee paid for two one-minute spots, one telling voters that CPS has waiting 8 years between tax hikes for day-to-day spending, nearly twice the wait for most Ohio school districts, and another appealing to parents to support Issue 10.

The spots will run in "all prime radio times" on Warm 98, MOJO, The Buzz, Q102, WIZF, WCIN and WGRR said campaign coordinator Jan Leslie.

Here's one of the spots.


10 Comments:

at 4:14 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPS should simply adopt some of the grassroots ideas of Eudora Jones which she shared with the Superintendent in 2006. If they did so, they would not be continuously asking for millions of dollars.

 
at 6:12 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you vote for the school levy, you are stupid. How's that for keeping it simple?!

 
at 6:38 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the tens of millions of dollars that CPS was given to build new schools in which many now will not be built. Who controls those not to be used $$$ ?

 
at 7:45 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the lack of parental support that keeps CPS from making progress.
Throwing additional money at this boondoggle is hard earned taxpayer money down the drain.
No parental involement, no money!

 
at 12:55 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money doesn't always ensure progress.

Lack of money dooms it, though.

The district has stretched this levy twice as long as it was intended to last. Budgets have been cut to the bone.

Yet teachers and students have still made progress under these trying conditions.

Please vote YES on 10 to keep the progress growing.

 
at 1:03 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 4:14--
Perhaps Eudora Jones would like to share her 10 Easy Secrets for Financial Viability Without Resorting to Tax Levies with the other 190 Ohio school districts with levies on the ballot this March 4.

Perhaps she could share her ideas with the General Assembly, who have so far evaded responsibility for fixing a school funding system that has been declared unconstitutional several times.

This is not a CPS problem. It is an Ohio problem. Please don't penalize Cincinnati children for the failures of our legislators.

Please vote YES on 10.

 
at 1:41 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Harold Schuler said...

I just saved a bundle of money on my property taxes due to the Homestead Act. I don't feel like giving it back at this point in time.

 
at 3:14 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Eudora said...

"Perhaps Eudora Jones would like to share her 10 Easy Secrets for Financial Viability Without Resorting to Tax Levies with the other 190 Ohio school districts with levies on the ballot this March 4.

Perhaps she could share her ideas with the General Assembly, who have so far evaded responsibility for fixing a school funding system that has been declared unconstitutional several times.

This is not a CPS problem. It is an Ohio problem. Please don't penalize Cincinnati children for the failures of our legislators. "


I understand what you are saying, but when it comes down to it - People look at what's going on right now - what the grades are and the test scores and how the district compares to others in the county.

I know its not easy (not easy for the students either...) but when voters continuoulsy vote down the levy - what other options do you have? Whatever you're doing right now - It's not working.

So now what? The levy fails and then what? Is it just about the people not caring? I don't think so as I have read different opinions on this and people are scared about their own financial situations right now and don't believe more money will give the schools the "effective" or "excellent" rating that they need to attract students.

I would try several different approaches. I know Cincinnati in general is not known for that but outside of a major restructuring or adopting a system of new and proven ideas - what are your other choices?

One idea that wouldn't be favorable to CPS is for the well connected in the area (who care) to get together and build a school similar to what Oprah did - but obviously not as extravagant. You could take some of the ideas of Barack Obama and have the community even contribute to building and running this school.

How that would help - maybe CPS can then have a model of ideas which they can emulate and then the rest of their schools/curriculums would be designed in a similar way. Although this would obviously draw students away from the district - maybe that is what it takes for drastic change to occur...

 
at 6:35 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eudora--listen to yourself.

"The community doesn't support the schools. How about creating a school and having the community contribute to it?"

You don't think there's much in the way of innovation going on in CPS? Talk to CPS, don't depend on the distorted reporting in the Enquirer. There are so many new and exciting things going on in the schools. It seems like people around the country are more willing to see the great things going on in CPS than those living right here.

A recent article in Education Week lauded the changes Cincinnati had pursued successfully to improve their high schools. The Enquirer decided that an article in a trade magazine wasn't worthy enough of notice. And they were unwilling to report on what the Education Week article looked at themselves.

Everyone agrees that the scores need to improve. But they are improving and everyone is working hard to keep that momentum going and the children achieving. Other districts in the surrounding area are not dealing with the same population. 65% of children below the poverty line. 21% of the children requiring some degree of special education.

If the levy does not pass it places all that we have achieved so far in jeopardy and makes it exponentially more difficult to continue to grow and achieve.

 
at 7:55 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Eudora said...

If I lived in one of the Cincinnati neighborhoods I would vote for it.

I also saw the Lou Dobbs piece about CPS and I encouraged many people to watch it. I am impressed with what Withrow University High School has done. (Something I did wonder is what are they doing right that a few other district schools are doing wrong? Is it truly all about the money?)

What I meant by creating a new school and having it be supported by the community - is that people will more likely support a school (& school system) that they know is doing well & where the children have the same readiness and opportunities as the children in the suburban districts.

I just do not think that everyone who will be voting it down can be classified as 'not caring' or 'not supportive' of the schools. I think several people have voiced some legitimate concerns about the levy & I don't think anything is wrong with wanting more accountability. Since I do not own a home myself I was actually surprised (in Nov) when I read about how much the levy would add on to property taxes each yr. As a person without a job now I can understand others' hesitation.

I think they have been convinced that they will not see a significant improvement if they do vote for the levy. That is what I hear from those who live in the district.

I know that many of the kids are below the poverty level. I am not in any way putting this on the children... but I just think that if you want bigger changes and larger support, you will need (significantly more) improvement.

How do you get that? That's what my point is. If you are telling me that the levy is only a small part of the equation and CPS has also done this, that, and the other - that is not the message that is getting across to people.

It doesn't appear that people are persuaded by the slow and steady gains. They may not understand how everything in the school system works, but they are the ones who can vote for or vote against these levies.

I always hear from the teachers & adults in these battles but not as much from the children. That youtube video doesn't really do it. :) I believe the children actually have to start organizing. I believe they can be more persuasive than any teacher or parent that is pushing this levy right now. Students in their own words and with their own stories. If you have to point me to an education journal to see a student from CPS talking about this, you (& CPS) are not getting the message out to be heard by the people who will be voting on this levy.

 
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