What a shocker:
TPS, Unions In Lock Step to Support $6.9M Levy
1.) Someone at the Blade is stupid or misleading (or both). It's either a "6.9 mill levy" or worth "$18.5 million per year". The headline makes it seem like the levy is 1/3 of it's actual cost.
2.) The slogan pushed by boosters during the campaign kickoff, "TPS Proud," came from TFT, an effort to counteract a state proposal to rate school systems on an A through F grading scale that Mr. Dalton said unfairly labeled all Toledo Public School students as failures.
Nice misdirection. The school system rating is a rating of the system, not of individual students--they get their own grades.
"Our system gets a failing grade, so let's argue about the grading system" instead of "let's work to get this system to a C, B, or A level". Great. What do you want to bet Ottawa Hills or any of a hundred other currently well performing systems will also get A's and B's in the new rating system??? Point being, maybe it's not the "new ranking system" that is failing the students, champ...
3.) The campaign appears to be aimed at voters who do not have children.
I'll rephrase: "The campaign appears to be ready to blow smoke up the ass of people who have no children imprisoned currently in the failing system; from now until November they will cry about "the children" and once this levy is passed will demand raises, perks, bonuses, threaten strikes....and the classrooms will still be short of books, supplies, etc. to foster actual learning and raise TPS out of it's "F" rating", and--as an added bonus--the new money still does not balance TPS budget in the future. Vote yes!".
Good luck selling this one...