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Thursday, February 21, 2008

CPS levy effort raising more money

The pro-Cincinnati Public Schools levy campaign can afford a few of the nicer things in political life this time around.

As of mid-February, the district’s independent political committee had raised $55,253 – or 2.5 times as much as they had collected at the same point in last year’s effort.

After adding $5,780 left over from the fall and spending $29,141, Cincinnatians Active to Support Education reported $31,892 in cash on hand on Feb. 13, according to financial disclosures due Thursday.

The improvement over last fall’s fundraising effort comes mostly from a threefold increase in the number of individual, small-money donors, up from 98 to 335 this time around.

“I think it’s because people realized how critical it is this time, and maybe there was some complacency last fall,” said campaign coordinator Jan Leslie.

The single biggest donation was $10,000 from Turner Construction, which has a lead role in the CPS schools rebuilding program. Another boost to the warchest came via an $8,000 loan from Leslie, who said she made the loan because she believes in the cause.

The list of donors still lacks a signficant business community contingent, as it did in the fall.

The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes reported $2,000 in donations, and has taken limited action to oppose the CPS tax hike.


at 3:08 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gave money to the campaign because I believe in CPS and the task CASE has set out to do: inform Cincinnatians about the progress being made in Cincinnati Public Schools.

I also gave money because the Enquirer does a really poor job of covering CPS. If it can't see beyond its own prejudices to be more evenhanded in its coverage someone needs to inform the public about the postive changes and improvements in CPS.

at 3:22 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of visiting St. Xavier High School and what an educational institution to see in action.
Students are engaged in learning and teachers demand respect.
I interviewed students who routinely have 3 to 4 hours of work nightly. They get accepted to colleges of their choice and succeed in the business world.
Throwing money at CPS won't accomplish anything until students have motivation to learn.

at 3:29 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if the hugh tax issue for the Cincinnati Public Schools is passed, it will not improve the quality of the schools, which is now horrendous. What we need are new Board members who are intelligent, get Rosa Blackwell out of there immediately and that secretive job-hopping Treasurer Jonathan Boyd. The 3 new Board members are no improvement.

Oppose the huge tax issue!

at 3:35 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The $10,000 contribution to the tax issue campaign by Turner Construction reeks of kickback, since Turner does major constuction business with the CPS. This isn't a business being civic-minded, this gives the appearance of bribery. Shame on Turner Construction!

at 3:45 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cincinnati Public Schools could balance their budget if they'd stop paying and fire all the non-productive non-working employees like John Robert Carlisle, the SCPA principal accused of rape, who sits at home drawing his huge salary every day.

at 4:23 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about all those sorority sisters of Rosa Blackwell who are highly paid but do very little or nothing? Get rid of them and the schools would do a lot better.

at 6:49 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will you all wise up? It's all about the parents. Home schooled children don't have all the benefits that CPS can provide and they run circles around them.
It's the parents support that CPS lacks.

at 11:07 AM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with CPS is not lack of money, but lack of leadership. This poor leadership deserves NO to the school levy. CPS makes even the Freedom Center look like a good investment (if you know what I mean) !!

at 2:28 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you get on here and degrade everything about CPS. Have you ever been a candidate for school board? Have you ever volunteered in a CPS classroom? If not, you should volunteer or even run for school board. Visit the schools and classrooms and you will see first hand all of the wonderful things taking place within CPS.

at 11:14 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 2:28 Feb 23. You are correct, The CPS teachers are a good group of educators I am a fan of CPS. My four children are products of CPS. Our Family has voluntereed countless times. My grandaughter now attends Fairview German. But the School Board is incompetant and management is worse. Passing the levy would send the message that you support the current situation. NO to the levy.

at 1:31 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Harold Schuler said...

In January I paid my first-half property taxes. I paid $400 less than I usually paid. Wouldn't it be nice if I could just sit back and enjoy that money for awhile. But, I don't think the Pro-levy people will let me do that. After the school and zoo levies pass, I'm back to square one.

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