Why I'm voting 'no' on Issue 109

To the Editor:

The following facts are reported on the Ohio Dept. of Education website at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Finance-and-Funding/Finance-Related-Data/Education-Fiscal-Data-Project which measures the CH-UH school district versus the other districts in Cuyahoga County (and statewide averages):

  1. Total expenditure per pupil: CH-UH $19,671.49 vs. $14,445 average for all other districts in Cuyahoga county;
  2. Classroom teachers average salary: CH-UH is $73,708 vs. $68,848 for other Cuyahoga County districts;
  3. K–12 pupil-to-teacher ratio: CH-UH 11.6 vs. Cuyahoga County average of 14.7 pupils per teacher.

What emerges from this report is a picture of a school system plagued by out-of-control spending, excessive overstaffing, and overpaid faculty. Our property taxes are some of the highest in the state and everyone knows how dreadful the districts’ academic performance has been. I’m voting NO on ISSUE 109 [on Nov. 8].    

Doug Smith

Doug Smith
University Heights

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