As key stakeholders in Columbus’ future, Young Professionals in Columbus have a responsibility to ensure their opinions and perspectives are heard in important community conversations and decisions. On November 5, 2013, we have an important community decision regarding Issues 50 and 51. Either we can vote NO to maintain the status quo of our schools or vote YES to invest in the future of our city by reforming our education system.

Issues 50 and 51 include a levy proposal during a five-year period that would invest more than $400 million toward improving educational programming, safety and district operations, expanding schools and high-performing non-profit community schools, supporting and training high-quality teachers and principals, and creating access to technology in the classroom.

On Monday, November 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center, the Create Columbus Commission in partnership with the Columbus Young Professionals Club, The Ohio State University’s Undergraduate Student Government, Columbus Urban League, and United Way of Central Ohio are hosting a reception with President Emeritus Dr. E. Gordon Gee to discuss what Issues 50 and 51 mean to young professionals and college students in the City of Columbus. There will be a brief program at 6:45 p.m. followed by an open discussion about the issues. All young professionals and college students in Columbus are invited to attend and be part of the conversation.