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Toledo Public Schools levy defeated

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Toledo's largest school district is heading back to the drawing board. Voters rejected the Toledo Public Schools levy 52 percent to 48 percent. This marks the third levy defeat for the district.

District leaders said both schools and the community were at stake. Now with voters saying no to Issue 20, parents are worried about their children's future.

"I think it's sad that it couldn't pass for the kids," says parent Dawn Lerma.

"I'm upset," says supporter Larry Howard. "It's gonna hurt the economy more."

TPS Proud was the slogan of the latest levy campaign, but parents in north Toledo have been left disappointed.

Voters defeated the levy, cutting out nearly $13 million in funding for the next 10 years.

School leaders knew the request was an uphill battle. The district's state report card rating was recently downgraded, and Ohio's auditor is still investigating the district for alleged attendance scrubbing.

TPS leaders are meeting in the coming weeks to decide what happens next for the district.

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