2013 Election Results — Columbus School Levy Fails
Columbus voters went to the polls yesterday, and the votes have been tallied.
The three democrat incumbents (Miller, Paley & Tyson) were re-elected at Columbus City Council. The Columbus City School Board gained two new members, Michael Cole and Dominic Paretti, in addition to the re-election of incumbent Ramona Reyes.
The $842 million Columbus Bond package passed in all four parts for civic improvements.
The biggest issue of the day was the Columbus City Schools Levy (Issues 50 & 51) which both failed at the ballot box with a majority of over 60% of the votes.
“We are disappointed by today’s results regarding Issues 50 and 51,” said Columbus Partnership President & CEO Alex Fischer in a press release issued last night. “We remain firmly committed to working with Mayor Coleman and the broad coalition in our community that is dedicated to ensuring the best possible education for every child in Columbus.”
Meanwhile, levy opposition announced plans to immediately begin reform initiatives for the school system.
“It’s time for the community to create a plan for reform in Columbus City Schools,” read their statement issued last night. “Parents for Real Education Reform in Columbus City Schools want to engage you to form the NEW Columbus Education Reform Plan. This plan will include input from teachers and parents that are involved in the day to day operations of our children’s education.”
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