The 2016 election is right around the corner. Included on this year’s ballot is Issue 108, a $15 million no-tax-increase levy renewal that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the ongoing implementation of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools. Issue 108 must pass to ensure that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can continue its efforts to provide all students with a high-quality education.
Since the passage of the Cleveland Plan in 2011, there has been slow – yet steady – progress throughout the district on key indicators that include enrollment, attendance and graduation rates. While some indicators of student achievement continue to lag – including the number of CMSD students in high-quality seats – we cannot overlook the many areas where there has been progress. In the postsecondary education space, these gains are clear:
- High school graduation rates have increased from 56% in 2011 to 69% in 2015.
- Students are doing better on the ACT, with 15% of CMSD students earned a 21 or higher in 2015 compared to 12% in 2011.
- The percent of students needing remedial education has dropped from 76% to 66% from 2011 to 2015.
- The number of students graduating on-time from a four-year institution has grown from 10% in 2011 to 22% in 2015.
While the district must continue to work to increase the number of students enrolling in college, who are ready to succeed and graduate on time, these indicators are evidence of progress. Without funding from the levy, we risk moving backwards instead of forwards. We hope you will support this important piece of legislation and help #KeepMovingCLESchools. Please visit the campaign website for more information on Issue 108 and to learn how you can get involved in the campaign.