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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What Happened to the Pro-CPS Levy Resolution?

When it came time during Wednesday's Cincinnati City Council meeting to discuss Item #56, which was listed on the agenda for passage, Mayor Mark Mallory said instead that the item would be filed without a vote. The item was a resolution from Vice Mayor David Crowley and Councilman Jeff Berding expressing support for the Cincinnati Public Schools' emergency operating levy on the ballot next week.

Mallory's communications director, Jason Barron, said afterward that the mayor filed it because a majority of council members already had expressed their support for the levy - in a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Others speculated that Mallory was trying to avoid giving levy opponents a platform to say negative things about the levy. Republicans Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel have said they don't support the levy.

Berding said he was OK with how the situation played out. He said he thinks it's more appropriate for council members to voice their support for such things in public press conferences like the one earlier Wednesday.


at 7:13 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

then why did berding co-sponsor it in the first place? what is wrong with that guy???

at 8:11 AM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and what is Mallory's position?

at 8:20 AM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Harold Schuler said...

If you are a senior citizen and got property tax relief by filing for the Homestead Act, wouldn't you vote 'NO' for the levy so you could enjoy your property tax relief for just a little while?

at 9:38 AM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 7:13..... he co-sponsored it because he supports it. sounds like the more appropriate question is - what's wrong with you not being able to understand articles correctly???

at 6:10 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berding said he was OK with how the situation played out. He said he thinks it's more appropriate for council members to voice their support for such things in public press conferences like the one earlier Wednesday.

OH REALLY. Berding has sponsored several non-binding resolutions himself.

at 6:49 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having a press conference on the steps of City Hall is one thing. Having it inside the building is something else entirely.

Frail & feeble Crowley and "don't slap me" Cole need to get to work.

at 2:45 AM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous CincyJeff said...

Why does Council continue to waste its time on matters that don't concern it? At least Monzel and Ghiz are showing some common sense here.

at 9:51 AM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stronger schools is very definitely the concern of our city council.

stronger schools = stronger students
Stronger schools = stronger city
stronger schools = stronger economy
stronger students = stronger citizens

at 4:41 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote No on Issue 10. CPS is simply asking for too much money. $233 per hundred thousand dollars of home value is astronomical. All econonmic signs point that we're in a recession. Don't feel guilty for voting no. CPS shouldn't have asked for so much money in the first place. This is not a do or die issue. Vote no and let CPS know simply that this levy is asking for too much. Don't fall for their scare tactics and bullying. That may fly on the schoolyard but not here. CPS has to learn that they can't come crying to mama for a handout when they screw things up.

at 6:00 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

^Tell that to kids who will have be in classes too crowded for effective learning. Who will lose their art, music, library, and gym teachers. Who will lose all but one extracurricular sport per season.

Tell that to kids who have worked hard to pass the Ohio Achievement Tests and Ohio Graduation Test. Who have worked to bring up the graduation rate from 51% to 80%. Who have worked hard to maintain a Continuous Improvement rating for the district and have their sights on higher.

CPS is asking for a new levy for the first time in 8 years. They have stretched the money out twice as long as most levies, while maintaining academic progress.

If this levy does not pass, the school district AND the city will be in such a deep hole that it will take decades to crawl out. What companies will want to locate or expand here? Who will want to move here? For our students, for our city, this is a crucial levy.

Please vote YES for stronger schools, stronger students, and a stronger city.

at 10:56 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 6:00 (above)
Classroom numbers are shrinking. CPS is building LESS new schools because of this declining situation. We are losing the arts because of mismanagement of funds by the Board, no other resson. And you want to give these "financial experts" more cash. You must not pay property tax or have a job. Or maybe you work for CPS. Come clean.


at 8:44 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:56:

Classroom numbers are stabilizing. Many children who have left for charters return to CPS. And CPS still pays for those children in charter schools and with vouchers.
CPS is building fewer (not "less") schools but construction costs are through the roof so the schools cost more to build.

(A) The Board doesn't handle the funds, the administration does.
(B) The funding system, which has been declared unconstitutional, is structured in such a way to make the public think it's mismanagement when every district in Ohio has to go to the ballot every 3-4 years for continuing operating funds. CPS has stretched this levy out twice as long. There are 191 schools on the ballot on Tuesday. That's not mismanagement. That's a broken system.

The district is not perfect, I agree. But adults are working hard, children are working hard. And progress is being made. The community needs to reward the progress the children of this city are making.

I own a home in Cincinnati. I have a job. I do not work for CPS. But I am involved in our schools and I see how much the children of this city deserve our support.

Please vote YES on issue 10.

at 1:32 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:51, you should you completely fail to understand how division of government works. By your standard, city council should spend its time debating border fences because illegal immigration affects our city. I'm sure you also think they should debate the Patriot Act and federal tax cuts because they also affect Cincinnati residents.

at 8:48 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local schools should be a concern to a local city council.

I don't think they should be making decisions about which textbooks to buy. But expressing their support of the schools in their city is quite natural and appropriate.

at 3:33 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote NO on Issue 10. Tell CPS to get real. I do care about our school kids and the future of this city, but $932 added to my tax bill is too much ($400k house). CPS is failing itself by asking for too much. I'd say yes to about a third of what they're asking for, but this is too much at this time. CPS should've had the forsight and asked for an amount that might have a chance at getting passed. Issue 10 is just another in a long line of poor judgement on the part of CPS.

at 5:33 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above. A $400k house?? From the rest of us... An education is something to challenge and mold our minds. It's not simply acquiring a massive home served by an economy which has public dollars going to nothing but developments which start in your price range. At least come clean and admit to the circumstances which allowed you to rest easy in your digs were a result of the people who live from one paycheck to the next.

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