Weighing A School Levy

Burnt out. Tired. Ready to move on. Elections are both the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Those that have closure, may move on with the implementation of a plan and will be judged on the results in the future. Those that fail or fall short, can regroup and discover the humility that goes along with not meeting the intended goal. Admit the defeat, but the decision ahead is whether to double down for next time, or to view the results as a turning point. That’s the job of leaders. This editorial in the Columbus Dispatch was published before the election, but it is perhaps more relevant after the fact and deserves a second look.Examining the outcomes of these levies in Clermont County, there are some obvious conclusions to be found. And yet, on the other hand, some measures were resolved by the residents of a single street or neighborhood. Regardless of the outcome or future outlook, the editorial reflects the need for the communities at large to come to an understanding of all residents. If the federal and state governments continue to play politics and favorites, it will be up to the local communities to set their own way forward. Echoing the sentiments of author,  without a truly informed electorate and a process in which that information is accurate and easily shared, we are reduced to our base emotions. This doesn’t educate ourselves, let alone address the issue at hand, the educational system our labor and taxes provide to the community. We are left with the same argument and fewer reasons to trust each other.

Regardless of the outcome, isn’t it time to ask more questions than just “FOR” or “AGAINST”? Lashing out at either side isn’t the best way forward, but perhaps there should be a change in approach across the board. It’s been overheard that a school district is now using “Opposition” as a term for the community members that did not actively support their levy. Who truly knows why people vote the way they do, as everyone is different. There are many reasons to vote either yes or no, and to categorize either side as the “enemy” is just another way to say there is a large chasm between the community. Instead of trying so hard to win, perhaps it would be best to find a better solution to the problem other than to continue the same course of action.

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2 comments on “Weighing A School Levy

  1. Excellent points, excellent article link. There are usually multiple layers of why people choose to vote yes or no on a school levy. When a levy fails, school districts – and frustrated yes voters – need to respect everyone’s opinion, and find a way to move forward for the good of everyone. Schools are there for the good of the community. When they become too much of a burden, that is as bad as having schools that are not delivering the quality needed to help our kids succeed. It’s a balancing act, and requires a lot of creativity and dedication to hunt out ways to deliver at lower costs.

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