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Cincinnati School Board Votes To Place Emergency Tax Levy On Ballot

Update 05/24/16: The Cincinnati Board of Education unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.

Original Post: Members of the Cincinnati School Board will vote Monday night on whether to put an emergency tax levy on the ballot this fall. Board President Erika Copeland-Dansby says the five-year levy, which would produce $48 million annually, is needed.

"There has been a comprehensive study of the district's financial operations and it's noted that the district could face a potential deficit that could grow to $60 million in five years," she says.

The money would pay for:

  • expanded preschool.
  • innovative curriculum centering around technology and career readiness.

For months CPS, Preschool Promise and the Amos Project have been working to lay the groundwork for early education expansion and tonight the school board will vote on a resolution to pay for that and other things. 
More details of the tax plan will be released Monday night at the meeting.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.