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Because of the coronavirus restrictions, voting by mail in Ohio has been extended to April 28. Anyone who is registered to vote can still support Issue 27 by completing your application for a ballot and sending a completed ballot to the Board of Elections.

Step One: Please call the Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683 to request a ballot application or visit www.443vote.us to request a vote-by-mail ballot application. Step Two: When you receive your application, please complete it and mail it back immediately to the Board of Elections so you can receive your ballot OR you can return it to the mail slot at the Fordyce Building at 651 East 222nd St. and a volunteer will deliver it to the Board of Elections for you. This volunteer service will be available until April 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM. You may drop off a ballot application at the Board of Election until April 25, 2020. Frequently Asked Questions Q: How do I request a ballot? A: It’s simple! Please call (216) 443-8683. After the Board answers, press 3 on your phone and then you will be able to request a ballot. You can also visit www.443vote.us and click the “Vote by mail ballot application” picture. From there, click the red “Click here” link and enter your last name and date of birth. The Board of Elections will then mail you an application. Complete the application and return it to the Board of Elections to receive your ballot. Q: I requested my ballot over a week ago. I’ve been looking for it. When can I expect it? A: If your ballot hasn’t arrived yet, keep checking daily by calling (216) 443-8683 or by visiting www.443vote.us and clicking “Track My Ballot”. The Board of Elections began mailing ballots to voters on April 3rd. Q: I misplaced my ballot. Can I request another ballot? A: If you’ve misplaced your ballot, you can call the Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683 and they will provide you with instructions on how to get a replacement ballot. Q: When is the last day I can request a vote-by-mail ballot? A: We recommend that you request your ballot immediately to ensure your vote counts, but the deadline to request your Vote-by-Mail ballot is April 25. After receiving your ballot, you must be sure to complete it and postmark it by April 27 OR take it to the dropbox at the Cuyahoga Board of Elections before 7:30 pm on April 28 for your vote to be counted. Q: I have a disability. How can I vote in the election if it is only a vote-by-mail election? A: The Board of Elections will provide alternative voting options for people with disabilities. To see if you qualify, or if an exception can be made for you, call the Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683. Q: When must I return my ballot? A: Your ballot must be postmarked by April 27 for your vote to count. Q: I already submitted a ballot before March 17. Do I need to vote again? A: If you have already returned your ballot, you do not need to request another ballot. Your vote will be counted. You can check to see if the Board of Elections has received your ballot by visiting boe.cuyahogacounty.us and clicking “Track My Ballot”. Enter your name and date of birth, and the Board of Elections will inform you if your ballot has been received. Q: You mentioned Issue 27. How should I vote on Issue 27? A: Issue 27 provides our educators and our schools with the necessary resources to provide quality education to our students. Issue 27 will allow our schools to continue the academic progress we’ve been experiencing over the past few years. Please vote FOR issue 27 when you mail in your ballot. Thank you!


by Pam Turos | Originally published in the Euclid Observer community newspaper. This time last year, my husband and I were sitting at the dining room table with our oldest son who was half-way through his freshman year at the private high school he enthusiastically wanted to attend just one year earlier.

He wanted to change schools, and his reasons and concerns were legitimate enough that we were willing to help him consider all the options. It was a new thing for both of us — kids having so many choices (and opinions) about where to attend school. It’s also a privilege that many people don’t have.

Turos is a member of Citizens for Euclid Schools levy committee and distributes Issue 27 window signs.

When choosing schools for all three of my children, the decision has always been a balance between recognizing what each of my children needs to succeed and my belief that our current method of rating and funding public schools is deeply flawed. It is not easy to look past or investigate every inflammatory news story, viral social media post, and state test scores to try and connect with the heart and soul of a school community. But every time I have done so, it has been worth it for our family.

When my son decided he wanted to transfer to Euclid High School, he was already playing rec league sports with a nice group of kids from the school. So I talked to their parents, including many people who have always considered attendance at the local high school a given for their family — many of whom have been my children’s sports teammates, mentors, youth coaches, and theater idols. I talked with a neighbor whose son had transferred to Euclid from a local private high school to “catch up his grades.” He liked it so much he decided to stay, especially the elective Money Matters class, which I think should be a requirement in every public and private high school.

I talked to the teachers. I learned about the decades of experience held by most Euclid teachers and all of the non-traditional learning opportunities that are designed to help every student find something they can enjoy learning or doing, including a few programs that are nationally recognized — also something that will never be reflected in a standardized test score.


We knew several other Euclid families who were making similar decisions this time last year, and we shared notes and experiences along the way. I’m glad to report that all of those families ultimately chose Euclid schools.


As parents, we all want our children to be safe. So, I also talked to the Euclid High School resource officer and several other Euclid police officers to learn the facts behind their frequent presence at the school. I talked with the director of communications and multiple school board members to learn about their goals and the positive gains that Euclid schools are making, things I knew wouldn’t be reflected on a standardized test.

More than anything else, I am a mother doing my best to raise emotionally healthy, independent children who realize their potential, take pride in hard work, and can navigate happily in a diverse world. This year, as a sophomore at Euclid High School, our son has shown more indicators of this success than we have seen in him any year prior.

One of my most enduring beliefs is that we tend to see what we are looking for — both in other people and in our communities. During our school research phase and my first year as a parent returning to Euclid schools, I was looking for “the good.” Not just for my own family, but because I know that it’s too easy to get twisted up inside by all the fear-based, negative information that our culture thrives on. No matter what decision we made with our son, I wanted it to be a fair and informed decision. I also want to believe in the future of Euclid because this community is my home.


Thankfully, it did not take me long to connect with other people who are committed to these same values, including countless dedicated teachers, students, staff, parents, coaches, administration, and tireless volunteers who have welcomed us into their community. They are the heart and soul of Euclid schools. And they are our future.

The best way any Euclid resident can invest in the future of our community is by showing up at the polls on March 17, when the Euclid Schools Board asks Euclid residents for a “Yes” vote in support of Issue 27.


by Jane Steger |Originally published in the Euclid Observer Community Newspaper


You get what you pay for. I believe Franklin D. Roosevelt’s statement, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education,” is a truism; just like the statement, “you get what you pay for.”


We are very fortunate to live in a country where every child has access to education, but it’s never been free, and because “you get what you pay for,” it’s not equal. School systems in communities like Euclid get penalized on many fronts, such as loss of revenue through property taxes (population isn’t growing), state aid in the form of increased EdChoice vouchers, and shared income tax. As a Euclid voter, I didn’t start to understand school funding until I got involved with the Citizens For Euclid Schools committee (and I’m still learning).


Through my involvement with this committee, I’ve come to appreciate that schools reflect the quality and integrity of the individuals who get involved, challenge the status quo, and support decisions that put students first. And although we don’t have children in Euclid schools, I believe in paying it forward...as others did when I was in public schools.

The March 2020 levy represents a little over $19 per month for the average Euclid house worth $75,000. Keep In mind that this is what was being given to the schools prior to the failure of the 2018 renewal levy.


I hear many positive things from Euclid school parents, but for those of us without that ‘front row seat’, all we hear about is the “D” grade Euclid City Schools received on last year’s State Report card. Those who fully understand this grading system believe it is flawed as it penalizes communities with lower median household incomes. Knowing this, Cleveland.com looked at the Report Card from a different perspective with the intent to highlight the districts that were beating the economic trends. According to their findings, Euclid schools ranked ahead of South Euclid-Lyndhurst, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Shaker Heights, Richmond Heights, Berea, Bedford, Willoughby-Eastlake, Garfield Heights, Mentor, Maple Heights, Kirtland and Strongsville. And are ranked just behind the districts of Independence, Hudson, Kenston and Orange.

I know that supporting our schools is a tangible investment in our home and property; just like an investment in a new roof, a solid school system maintains and protects the investment we’ve made.


I also know that our taxes are high, but without strong schools, people will continue to leave Euclid or choose not to move here...thus requiring fewer of us to carry the tax burden and individually paying more. With strong schools, we attract families, which in turn attracts businesses resulting in a larger taxpayer base. You improve the schools and you'll improve the city.


I believe we are at a serious crossroads and not passing this levy will erode any progress made and limit the administration’s ability to provide a well-rounded school experience that every Euclid student deserves.


Let’s build a stronger community for all of us by voting YES on Issue 27 on or before March 17, 2020.

STRONG SCHOOLS=STRONG COMMUNITY

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