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Letter to the Editor: Vote for Issue 6 and Support Public Schools

"Our community's families need schools that can continue to improve so that our community can continue to thrive"

Letter to editor of Cleveland Heights Patch:

In a recent conversation about the , a gentleman told me that he gets nothing out of the public schools because his children attend private school. I beg to differ. My three siblings and I also attended private schools but my parents, driven by their regard for the common good, always supported the notion of strong public schools backed by their community.

As it turns out, I quickly wound up attending public school after a series of negative experiences. My parents turned to the public schools again when they realized the private school would and could not address my older brother's special needs. I know others whose children have had to leave private school for many reasons – a change in the family's financial or job status, an untenable social situation for their child, or the school no longer chose to serve their child. Thank goodness they could turn to public schools for a quality education.

I am so grateful to live in a community full of interesting citizens contributing much good to our society but whose income and values lead them to both need and want excellent public schools – scientists like my husband, educators like me, artists, academics, musicians, medical residents, nurses, social workers, tradespeople and more. By serving as good neighbors and using the public schools ourselves, we are investing in the future viability of this community.

I want my child and all of my community's children to have access to an excellent education. I am grateful for the forward-thinking leadership of our school district, for the education my son is receiving and for the good friends he and I have made at . I hope others care enough about my family and others' families to vote for Issue 6. Our community's families need schools that can continue to improve so that our community can continue to thrive.

— Joan Spoerl, Cleveland Heights

Simon Nash November 02, 2011 at 03:15 PM
While I wholeheartedly support CH-UH schools and the work that they do, the school system must understand that the community is hurting financially. Just a few short weeks ago, Mayor Kelley voiced support for a federal program because of CH's unemployment rate. Well in addition to our unemployment rate, there are many of us who are "underemployed". Many of us in CH and UH are just barely hanging on and a tax increase (which could lead to tax foreclosures) is a burden that many of us just can't shoulder at this time.
Jeri Ann Waltrip November 02, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I don't think an extra $17 a month on a $100,000 home is more than most people can afford for what you are investing in. People spend more than that now just going to a movie, or getting a couple of coffees. I would much rather spend it so that children can get a quality education. My children all graduated from Heights schools, the youngest in 2009. They all did very well in Heights schools and are now doing very well at Ohio State University.
Eric Mack November 03, 2011 at 11:46 AM
An extra $17 a month on reasonable taxes would be one thing, but an extra $200 a month on top of $3400/year is asking too much.
michaelschwartz November 03, 2011 at 02:11 PM
More disengenuous comments from the levy supporters. I have noted that throughout this campaign, they have conveniently ignored the scandalous state achievement test scores, the 26% pay raise for unnecessary admistration staff, as well as the increase in taxes on devalued houses that have become unsaleable due to the high taxes and lousy performance of the schools. Only if and when the levy supporters become truthful and candid about the real state of the Heights schools wilI I become a supporter. Until then you will continue to see good families with children flee the city the first chance they get.

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