Two highly watched races in Northeast Ohio center on education.

In Cleveland, voters were asked whether or not to approve Issue 4, which is aimed at finishing the job of upgrading schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Voters approved a levy in 2012 to enable the plan.

CMSD officials said Issue 4 will pass. It was ahead with 62 percent for and 38 percent against just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Issue 4 was sold as a bricks-and-mortar component of the plan, making the case that better surroundings make for better students and more learning. It would enable the sale of $200 million in bonds. The money would go to build 22 new schools and refurbish others. It would also include $2.5 million a year for maintenance.

It’s not a tax hike and would cost the owner of a $50,000 a year the same $44 they are paying under the previous bond issue.


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