CPS votes to put levy on ballot guaranteeing 2 years of preschool

Published: Aug. 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 6:06 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For the first time in five years, the Cincinnati School District will ask taxpayers to vote for a levy in November.

This issue would support historic preschool partnerships and vital K-12 student services.

The district said the 7.93-mil levy would raise $48 million annually, including $15 million annually to support preschool expansion, which research has shown significantly improves educational results, especially for low-income children and when connected to a strong K-12 system.

Funding also would sustain an expansion of quality programming in neighborhood schools, greater access to college-level courses, workforce readiness preparation, and student technology to bridge the digital divide, while averting cutbacks in vital student services.

The cost would amount to an investment of $5.35 per week for the owner of property valued at $100,000, meaning the taxpayer would pay $277.55 more a year.

"You have dire cuts at CPS. If things are bad now for those property owners, just think about an uneducated workforce. And without the levy, we wouldn't have the resources required to really build a strong start for our children," said Preschool Promise Co-Chair Ozie Davis.

Voters haven't passed a levy that provided "new money" to the district since 2008.

You will see the levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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