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Voters Decide on Education Ballot Issues

  • Vote logo Election Day resulted in good news for four big-city school districts.

    A $966-million bond proposal for Texas’ Arlington Independent School District was approved. Funds from the bond will be used to rebuild four aging schools, renovate Pre-K classrooms, upgrade athletic facilities and fine art spaces at all secondary schools, provide new buses, add additional security cameras and provide new technology for staff and students. 

    “Thank you for your continuing commitment to our students and faculty,” said Arlington Schools Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos in a news statement. “This bond package is designed to improve facilities, provide access and equity for all of our students and build on the progress recognized through the 2014 bond program.”

    Voters in Oregon’s Portland Public Schools approved a levy that will provide $99.9 million for the district, which will be used to fund approximately 825 teaching positions in the state’s largest school district for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The levy is not a new tax, but a renewal of the current levy, first approved by voters in 2011 and renewed in 2014.

    Voters in Cincinnati renewed a $65-million, ten-year levy for Cincinnati Public Schools that will enable the school district to maintain smaller classrooms, hire highly qualified teachers and help the district continue to implement its Vision 2020 initiative to strengthen programs at neighborhood schools to prepare students for college and career.

    In a letter posted to the school district website, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell thanked voters for renewing the levy and supporting academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness of the district’s students.

    “It’s also acknowledgement that the voters of this district believe that CPS is headed in the right direction,” wrote Mitchell.

    Voters in Iowa’s Des Moines Public Schools extended the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), which will provide approximately $6.5 million to maintain and repair school facilities and provide students with laptops and other technology. The PPEL was approved with more than 64 percent of the vote.