Vote NO, Tomarrow !

I am just a normal middle class person living in Oregon, Ohio. I have lived here for the past 19 years. Our family loves this community. But we, like many other families in Oregon and other areas I am sure, just cannot pay any more taxes. We may have to sell our home to move to an area with lower property taxes.
We just cannot even justify why in these times of low or no inflation that
yet another school tax levy is wanted.
In the past five to 10 years, there has been little or no inflation and the
fact that in the past five to 10 years, Oregon has converted a lot of farm land
into residential housing, which means that farmland that was not being taxed
much at all is now being taxed as residential property.
Look at all the subdivisions that have gone in, in the past two, five or 10
years. I looked it up. These subdivisions were farmland being taxed
approximately $48 a year. Now the same land is being taxed at an average of
$1,750 for every home. Every six months. This was and is a big windfall of money
that is coming into Oregon and the school system. And these persons that move
into these homes will also pay Oregon income tax. Why another levy?
We have passed several levies in past years. And just pased one last November! And we were told that another
levy would not be needed for 10 years.
With the county raising the home values and farmland being converted into
homes, Oregon is getting more and more money each year. Why another levy?
And don’t think it’s because there are more students in our schools. Not
true. Our school population was down eight students, so you could
call it flat. No increase or decrease in the student population.
So I just don’t understand why another levy is wanted when all this money is
coming in. And in these times of low or no inflation. Think about it.
What’s going on?

Remember to Vote NO Tomarrow Aug. 4th. Vote No on the Oregon Property TAX Levy! I can't afford it. Can you? Levy after Levy. No More !

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The Oregon Public Schools rank highly according to all state testing data. Oregon has comparatively high property values, because Oregon has such a strong traditional public school system.

The State of Ohio changed tax laws that lowered greatly the taxes Oregon can collect from, especially, the oil refineries there. This has killed a major local revenue source. The STATE never kept its promise to replace this lost LOCAL revenue. That's the ONLY reason why the Oregon Schools are on the ballot tomorrow.

If you want to keep an excellent school system, that keeps property values higher than in most nearby areas, VOTE FOR OREGON SCHOOLS!! A "No" vote trades a small savings in taxes per year for a potential LOSS of thousands of dollars in property values.

I don't live in Oregon. I live in Sylvania. I teach in Toledo. My children are grown, but I vote for every local school levy, because I want a strong traditional public school system where I live, and I want to protect MY property values, which are dropping, but still higher than most nearby areas, precisely because the school system is considered to be so strong.

Vote FOR Oregon schools. Vote FOR higher property VALUES!!

You dont live in Oregon or work here so F&^&*& Off.

Maybe the Oregon schools need more money, then they can teach you how to respond without resorting to profanity and how to spell. It's tomorrow not tomarrow.
Just sayin'

Cough up!

Then you have proof in front of you that high expenditures dont mean you'll get a decent school system. they tax the hell out of us and TPS' results suck in comparison to other comprable urban districts

Billy,
You can't fairly compare TPS to suburban districts. Toledo has a higher crime rate than the suburbs do. Does that mean the Toledo police are worse police officers? I know they are not!!

In Toledo, we have a greater breadth and depth of students. Just look at the percentage of Special Education students there are in TPS compared to the percentage of such students in the suburbs. And guess what? The State of Ohio requires that these students take the same standardized tests as all other students, and that their scores are included in the scores for "grading" each school district!! The report is designed to give the false impression that urban schools and urban school teachers are inferior.

And special education students require, by law, more staff assigned to them. This is the main reason why urban districts spend more "per pupil" than do most (not all) suburbs. If you calculate expenditures just on "regular ed" students, urban systems almost always spend less per pupil than do the suburbs.

In fact, if we switched teaching positions, I'll guarantee you that urban teachers would adjust to teaching suburban students much more easily than suburban teachers would adjust to teaching urban students.

I'll compare TPS Honors students to Honors students anywhere. And they're taught by TPS teachers, too. That's apples to apples. I've had an innumerable number of former students who go on to full-ride scholarships to college. One, was valedictorian of her graduating class at Scott, and named me as the teacher who influenced her the most to succeed. I was the only Junior High teacher so honored that year out of 16 teachers of valedictorians and salutatorians. My former student is now a graduate of Ohio State.

Obviously, I and many other TPS teachers, properly prepared her to compete at an excellent university and succeed. But I give her full credit for her own success. Individual motivation is the single most important ingredient in academic and life success. And she has that at a very high level. Her parents are very supportive as well. Good teaching can only take a person so far.

Compared to other urban districts in Ohio, TPS is always at or near the top on comparable performance. Again, that's apples to apples.

At one point, about 20 years ago, the State of Ohio required each district to give nationwide standardized achievement tests that included what amounted to an IQ test as well, called a "School Abilities Test". This would compare potential ability with actual achievement. That state mandate lasted about 2-3 years. Why? Because it didn't show what the statewide leaders wanted it to show. It showed that most urban students were achieving at or above what was their "potential" as measured by these tests. It also showed that suburban students were, mostly, achieving at or BELOW their potential! OOPS!! That test mandate died an early death!

Get the picture? The powers that be purposely design the testing and the reporting to prove what they want to prove. And, by the way, the charter schools that were supposed to solve the problem of urban education, overall, with a few notable exceptions, do horribly by the same measures -- much worse than any of the urban districts taken as a whole!

Nevertheless, the Oregon Public Schools are doing very well. They should be rewarded with as much local support as possible.

The Oregon Schools are ALREADY rewarded! They get a TON of tax money already. The teachers are some of the highest paid in the state!

Give local support, yes. MORE money, NO.

We in education are told frequently that we should run more like a business. Tell me, Real, which businesses are doing well, have mostly well satisfied clients who do well after using their service, then cut the salaries being paid to the professional employees providing the excellent service directly to the clients? BTW...I was in business for 15 years before I started teaching. Cutting the salaries of sucessful employees is NO WAY to run a business or a school district!

The Oregon teachers are among the "highest paid in the state"? Where are THOSE statistics?! Are they in the top 100, 200, 300? What do you called "highest paid"? I'll guarantee you, they're nowhere near the top ten!

Wow, that's a lot of excuses when it comes to spending other people's money.

MikeyA

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