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Gund Foundation Grants Funding For Two New Specialty Cleveland High Schools

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR Two new Cleveland schools aimed at giving ninth through twelfth graders college credit and immersion in arts education are receiving a funding boost from the Gund Foundation. At its meeting last week, the philanthropy group approved $649,000 worth of grants for Cleveland’s Bard Early College High School and its Digital Arts High [...]

Cleveland Push for Universal Preschool Goes Beyond the School District

Think you know the best way to design preschool programs for Cleveland kids? Your ideas are welcome for the task force of school, city, and business leaders trying to expand access to preschool programs around Cleveland. Their work stems from an element of the Cleveland Plan, the broad strategy Cleveland Schools officials developed to boost academic achievement. [...]

Cleveland School District Moves Towards Performance Pay

Last night the Cleveland school board unanimously agreed to what city and union officials are hailing as a groundbreaking teacher contract for Ohio. Union members will vote later this month. The contract spells out a new basis for teacher pay hikes. Raises merely for lasting another year in the job are out; so are automatic [...]

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Touts Cleveland Plan, Learns to Plant Beans

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Ohio today to talk about education reform efforts and meet with area superintendents. He used his visit to Cleveland to tout efforts to turn around the failing district, known as the Cleveland Plan. Duncan’s first stop was a preschool classroom at Anton Grdina elementary school, where he [...]

Cleveland School District Requests Exemption from State Takeover

It’s no secret that the Cleveland school district hasn’t been doing so well. The writing of a state takeover was on the wall when the district teamed up with the mayor’s office and the governor to pass House Bill 525, aka The Cleveland Plan. Still, under state law when a district gets the equivalent of [...]

5 Takeaways from This Week’s Event on the Cleveland Plan

From time to time, PNC Bank, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and ideastream get together to put on discussions of relevant issues in northeast Ohio. This week’s discussion focused on the Cleveland Plan, a broad plan and a piece of legislation aimed at improving the city’s faltering school system. On hand to talk about the plan were Cleveland Schools [...]

How the Cleveland Schools Compare

Cleveland is Ohio’s worst urban school district; it’s the only one of Ohio’s largest big-city districts to get an “F” from the state on its current report card. The Cleveland school district is about to embark on another ambitious improvement effort called the Cleveland Plan. The Cleveland Plan can mean both a package of state [...]

What is the Cleveland Plan and Why Would I Want One?

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When people talk about the “Cleveland Plan” they can mean different things. The term can mean a package of state laws that significantly change how the Cleveland schools operate. It can also mean the Cleveland school district’s plan to improve the city’s schools, the worst of Ohio’s large urban school districts. The Cleveland Plan legislation took [...]

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