Teachers unions join Cleveland schools asking people to vote yes on Issue 68

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – The president of the American Federation of Teachers joined the Cleveland Teachers Union and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Tuesday for a press conference asking people to vote yes on Issue 68.

Issue 68 is a levy renewal that’s on the general election ballot.

If it passes, funding from Issue 68 would cover $20 million in the CMSD budget, a $5 million increase from the previous levy.

CMSD says the increase would equal a less than seven dollars a month increase in property taxes.
“For the cost of a trip to a fast-food restaurant you can ensure a quality education for our city’s kids; that’s priceless,” said Cleveland Teacher Union President Shari Obrenski. 

Issue 68 needs a majority vote to pass.

If it fails, the District budget plans indicate the closure of 25 schools, on top of cutting 15% of the staff and another $16 million in programs.

The election is November 3.

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