Duluth School Levy Supporters Launch Campaign

Posted at: 06/25/2013 9:55 AM | Updated at: 06/25/2013 6:29 PM


A volunteer group is pushing for a new operating levy for the Duluth School District.

The "Stand Up for Kids" campaign launched on Tuesday afternoon at the Laura MacArthur School playground in West Duluth.

"We’re a group of Duluth citizens who are drawn together to Stand Up for Kids and reaffirm our commitment to strong schools, strong futures and a strong community," said Tom Albright, Committee Chair, in a press release.

The group says the Duluth Public Schools have the second lowest public levy among the 25 largest non-metropolitan districts in Minnesota.  The current levy, passed in 2008 by a two-to-one margin, is set to expire this year.

A new levy is expected to be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

"At this moment, class sizes are way too big," said parent and former PTSA president Pat Kendall in a press release.  "Some teachers are working with as many as 50 students in their classrooms. I applaud teachers’ hard work, but I sincerely hope that the community understands that everyone needs to give their support to provide better opportunities for our Duluth students."

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