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Local Foundations Can Make A Difference In Reinventing Schools

John Hay High School is home to the School of Science and Medicine, Early College High School and School of Architecture and Design.

Locally-focused philanthropic foundations can take a more significant role in turning around poor performing urban schools – that’s the message offered up by two organizations that set out to do just that in Cleveland. During the annual Community Foundations Conference held this week in downtown Cleveland, representatives of the Cleveland and Gund Foundations described their [...]

Cleveland Schools Will Ask Voters For Additional Construction Funds

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

This November 4th voters in Cleveland will decide whether to keep money flowing to replace or upgrade school buildings. Issue 4 on the Cleveland ballot asks voters to approve selling bonds to extend a school construction run that began in 2001. Back then, a roof collapse at East High School set in motion a levy [...]

Blended Learning Expanding In Mentor, With The Help Of A State Grant

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At Ridge Middle School in Mentor, a class of 7th grade English students gears up for a quiz.  They’ve been studying Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the short story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and their teacher, Stephanie Dwyer, wants to get a read on their comprehension of the text. It takes a few minutes to set it [...]

City Club of Cleveland: State of the Cleveland Schools

The City Club of Cleveland was once again host to the State of the Schools address for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. With fewer than three years remaining until the historic 15-mill levy expires, this year’s address by CEO Eric S. Gordon discusses investments that have been made so far and plans for the future, [...]

Cleveland Plan Showing First Signs Of Success, Says Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Correction: This story originally stated that CEO Gordon did not discuss a bond issue for school construction on the November ballot.  He did indeed discuss it in both his speech and during the Q&A segment.  We regret the error.    Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a “year of disruption that [...]

State Supreme Court Hears Case Against Charter School Operator White Hat

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could change the nature of many charter schools in Ohio. Board members of 10 such community schools filed suit against their own management company arguing for more transparency on how the money they get from the state is being spent.

Changes Hit Ohio’s Community College Funding Formulas

Images_of_Money / Flickr A new law that tweaks the way Ohio’s community colleges earn their state funding went into effect earlier this month. The state’s 23 community colleges will now earn their chunk of state funding based on the amount of students completing courses and eventually graduating, instead of the number of students enrolled. It’s [...]

Literacy Advocate Talks Up Campaign For Grade-Level Reading

A national advocate for literacy told a Cleveland audience today that efforts to boost kids’ reading skills must extend beyond the walls of the public schools. Ralph Smith directs the Campaign for Grade Level Reading spearheaded by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. Smith reflected on his own experience falling in love with reading at [...]

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