More than 100 school districts appeal to voters for nearly $1B worth of levies - Bring Me The News

More than 100 school districts appeal to voters for nearly $1B worth of levies

More than 100 schools across the state appealed ?to voters in levy elections. While some are seeking funds to help expand or develop programs, other districts are calling them 'survival levies' and say layoffs and program cuts are certain if they aren't passed.
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More than 100 schools across the state appealed ?to voters in levy elections. While some are seeking funds to help expand or develop programs, other districts are calling them 'survival levies' and say layoffs and program cuts are certain if they aren't passed.

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