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Ravenna grad urges support for levy

Published: January 31, 2014 4:00 AM

Forty-five miles southeast from Cleveland, where the City Council recently agreed to contribute $2 million per year in public funds toward the upgrades at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Ravenna community's school district is asking (for the second time) for a 4.9-mill levy, which equates to only $1.5 million per year, which will go toward educating the children of this community. On Feb. 4, this community has a second chance to make the right decision at the voting booth, and our future depends on it.

Few people desire to support an issue that will impact their wallet, and that point is easily understood. Levies, though, cannot be looked at as a tax, and should instead be viewed as an investment towards our future. In 13 years, what will our response be to a kindergartner who asks why they were not provided a top-notch education? In 25 years, what will our response be when our nation's workforce is decades behind other countries around the world? Currently, our community, our state and our nation's future depends not on the children, but on the adults.

I will be forever indebted to the Ravenna school district for providing me the education and the tools to succeed in my career and in my education after graduation. During my Master's program at the Naval Postgraduate School, I found that I was far ahead of my peers in my writing ability and analytical ability. Currently, as an MBA student in one of the top business programs in the country, at the University of Notre Dame, I have once again found that my math skills and overall ability in the classroom is far beyond that of my classmates.

We owe the children of our community the same education that I received, and while it may have an immediate impact on your wallet, the impact a "Yes" vote will have on the futures of our children will, like me, be immeasurable.

Kristopher Yost,

South Bend, Ind.

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Steve_Cain Jan 31, 2014 12:05 PM

I am a Ravenna resident and will be supporting the levy for Ravenna City Schools. When my sons were in attending school here the entire community at least partially subsidized their education. Now that they have graduated and moved on to successful careers I feel it is my resposibility to do my part for the current generation attending school.


little_r_republican Jan 31, 2014 10:01 AM

~~America's government education system is failing our students.  While we spend $12,000 per student per year, we are declining in terms of academic achievement when compared to countries worldwide.  The approach we've taken over the last few decades of increased government spending and more government involvement in education hasn't resulted in greater educational achievement.  So why do we continue to do what we are doing?  Because we are dumb and we've lacked the leadership to challenge the status quo. Studies have shown that school choice does, in fact, lead to greater academic achievement."


little_r_republican Jan 31, 2014 7:43 AM

~Every family in America deserves maximized, customized choices in education. It is the ultimate key to closing that "income inequality" gap the politicos are always gabbling about. Yet, the White House and Democrats beholden to public school unions and their money are the ones blocking the school choice door.

We were blessed to find a community of parents and public school educators in Colorado Springs who embrace high standards, academic excellence and strong character education for students of every race, creed and class. Competition in the secondary-school marketplace provided a desperately needed alternative for educational consumers who wanted more and better for their kids.

Family participation is not an afterthought. It's the engine that drives everything. The dedicated parents, grandparents, foster parents and legal guardians I've met in the charter school movement and homeschooling community see themselves as their children's primary educational providers. Not the U.S. Department of Education. Not the White House. Not GOP politicians cashing in on top-down "education reform.""

Michelle Malkin

little_r_republican Jan 31, 2014 7:42 AM

Jiml is correct...why is the "support" ONLY taken from property owners? Why not collect "support" from everyone who lives in Ravenna? Since they all benefit, they all should pay.

jimlighton Jan 31, 2014 6:55 AM

"I continue to note the reasonance of individuals in support of this school levy, but I also note, that 'MOST' do 'DO NOT LIVE HERE', nor will 'THEY' bare 'ANY' financial 'responsibility' in it's outcome."  

Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township