Toledo Public Schools was downgraded from "Continuous Improvement" to "Academic Watch" this year by the state of Ohio. Some fear the downgrade could hurt the district's chances of passing a levy on November 6.
The district is seeking the new funding because of a projected $49 million budget short fall in the 2014-2015 school year. Leaders say much of that expected deficit is due to cuts in state funding. They also point out that student test scores declined by only about one percent since last year.
"Students continued to perform very similar to what they did the previous year, and with that we hope people will look at the big picture in what's going on with the school district," said Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko. "It's very important for the schools. It really is in many ways going to impact the schools very positively."
Voters were split about the levy Thursday.
"I think they're doing a good job. It's not all just the teachers. Parents have to help too," said Beatrice Staples. "The state may grade a certain way, but if your child is getting something out of it, why not? They need the help."
"People in Toledo are struggling as it is, and I don't think it would be smart to put more funding into Toledo Public Schools," said Noah Davis.
For more on the Toledo Public Schools levy, tune in to Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson this Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. on WTOL11.
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