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ERIC Number: EJ759544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-10
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Crucial Levy Goes down in Cleveland: Loss Could Mean Layoffs, Blow to Superintendent
Gewertz, Catherine
Education Week, v24 n44 p1, 18 Aug 2005
Cleveland voters soundly rejected a levy intended to bolster the school district's finances, a move widely interpreted as a referendum on the performance of its leader, Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Two-thirds of the voters who turned out for the Aug. 2 special election cast their ballots against Issue 3, which would have raised more than $45 million to restore the jobs of some teachers and security guards, as well as bring back sports and after-school programs that were cut as the district's financial woes deepened over the past few years. A portion would also have gone to alleviate future anticipated debt. Alan Seifullah, a spokesman for the 65,000-student district, said officials were weighing whether to put another levy proposal on the November ballot. It's too soon to say whether more layoffs would be needed this 2005, he said, but without more revenue, the district might have to find new savings by cutting personnel or closing even more schools than the 11 shuttered in June. District leaders are "devastated" by the defeat of the measure, and see the result as a lack of community support for Cleveland's young people, Mr. Seifullah said. Some observers saw the results as a striking lack of support for the district's direction and concluded Ms. Byrd-Bennett's departure would be imminent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio