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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 [...]

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 [...]

Mayor Frank Jackson and Teachers’ Union Strike a Deal on Cleveland Schools Plan

Ever since Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson introduced his plan to overhaul the Cleveland schools, he’s been at odds with the local teachers union. But as of today, the two parties are playing on the same team again, after having reached on agreement on the Cleveland plan. The biggest stumbling block in Jackson’s Cleveland schools’ plan [...]

Factchecking Claims About Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s Re-Transformation Plan

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has introduced a package of proposed legislative changes that would bring sweeping changes to the state’s second-largest school district. It includes provisions prohibiting tenure for new teachers and allowing the school district to share future tax levy proceeds with some charter schools. Yesterday, Cleveland Teachers Union officials told Cleveland’s city council that they were [...]

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 [...]

When a New-Tech Model and Business-as-Usual Collide

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District opened a new style of high schools in 2010, “New Tech” high schools that focus on teaching through projects rather than lectures and on integrating technology into the classroom. The New Tech schools are part of a national network of like schools: In addition to the different style of teaching, [...]

Pink Slips and Recalls Part of Job Description for Many Ohio Teachers

Tracey Muniak was laid off from her teaching position in April, recalled in August, and laid off again a week later.

Last spring more than 700 Cleveland teachers were laid off. About 300 of them were called back in the fall, only to be laid off, again, a week later. For many Ohio teachers, job insecurity comes with the territory. Twenty-two years as a Cleveland Municipal School teacher qualifies Tracey Muniak for a continuing contract, one [...]

Cleveland Teacher Evaluation System Pilot Launches Soon

In response to Cleveland city and school officials’ announcement of their support for creating a state-wide teacher evaluation and merit pay system through the state budget, Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke noted that the teachers union and the school district are already at work developing a new teacher evaluation system. WCPN’s Michelle Kanu reports [...]

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