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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 [...]

Kasich Signs Unusually Bipartisan Cleveland Plan Into Law

With considerable fanfare Governor John Kasich came to Cleveland today to sign a ground-breaking law that supporters say will transform Cleveland’s schools, and it could become a model for reform across the state. The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools is the culmination of a rare bit of cooperation from the unlikeliest of allies.

Cleveland Schools’ Plan Introduced in Ohio House and Senate

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s proposal to overhaul the city’s struggling school system was introduced in the Ohio House and Senate this afternoon. Democratic State Senator Nina Turner, one of the bill’s sponsors, says she introduced the legislation to get discussion started. “This bill is a starting point; it’s certainly not the ending point,” Turner says. [...]

Cleveland Mayor Slowly Building Support for School District Re-Transformation Plan

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s package of proposed legislation to revamp the Cleveland school system doesn’t yet have a sponsor. But Democratic and Republican state lawmakers were comfortable enough with the proposed to stand with Jackson at a Columbus press conference yesterday and say things about the plan such as “I support 70 percent of it.” [...]

Proposed Cleveland School Oversight Board Would Be Exempt From State Sunshine Laws

The package of new legislation Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says will once again “transform” Cleveland’s schools would create a new nonprofit group to make significant changes to the school district, including drawing together both traditional public schools and charter schools. But unlike school boards for both traditional public and charter schools, that new group would not [...]

Cleveland School District Considers Second “Transformation Plan” in Two Years

Two years after approving a “transformation plan” that called for the Cleveland school district to “stay the course in a long, difficult journey,” Cleveland’s mayor has a new plan to improve Cleveland schools. In this document, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson lays out what state lawmakers would need to do to make his plan happen. (Cleveland is [...]

Lessons from Issue 2′s Defeat: Fantasy Worlds, Insanity and Targeting Teachers

Senate Bill 5, a law limiting collective bargaining for Ohio’s public sector employees, will be repealed after a referendum on the law, Issue 2, was defeated in this week’s general election. What can we read into the defeat? Depending on who you talk to, it’s either a sign that legislators should try again on the [...]

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