Thank you for supporting Issue 4

Cleveland Metropolitan School DistrictCleveland is enjoying a development and cultural boom, and voters showed they understand how important education is to continuing that momentum. Issue 4 passed with 63 percent of the vote, ensuring continued investment and long-term support for this most crucial element of success.

Thank you, Cleveland voters, for acting. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for the commitment of your hard-earned dollars. The passage of Issue 4 will provide the funds to rebuild 20-22 run-down, obsolete schools and refurbish more than 20 more. It will assure a continued 68 percent match from the State of Ohio – the state will contribute $2 for every local dollar spent on construction.

Issue 4United Way doesn’t typically support ballot-issue campaigns, but our goal is to ensure every child graduates from high school. When we say all kids need to graduate from school, all means all.

We’re a major partner in the CMSD wraparound strategy and understand that all children deserve a “warm, safe and dry” learning environment. The Cleveland Plan is beginning to work — evidenced by a 11.5 percent increase in graduation rates during the past three years. As a result, the United Way Board of Directors unanimously approved a one-time, $25,000 contribution to the campaign to help educate voters about Issue 4. We also hosted a phone bank to reach voters and help galvanize support.

Public education is the backbone of our democracy and our democracy is powered by a diversity of voices. As Cleveland continues to thrive, you have voiced support for today and tomorrow, in ways that will return unimaginable benefits to our community.

Again, thank you Cleveland voters, for advocating for our kids.

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