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Two Stories About Big-City Mayors Trying to Set Rules for Charter Schools

atalou / Flickr Over the past year, state legislators changed state law to allow charter schools in Ohio’s two biggest cities–Columbus and Cleveland–to receive local tax dollars. That’s a big change: Before that point, Ohio charter schools did not directly receive local tax dollars. 

Cleveland Voters Asked to Pass Gigantic School Levy

The Cleveland school district is asking voters to approve a 15-mill levy this November. That would come out to an increase of nearly $300 annually for Cleveland home owners assessed at the district average of about $64,000, adding a total of $77 million each year to the district’s $670 million operating budget. That would tip [...]

The Wall Street Journal Weighs in on the Cleveland Schools Plan

Steve Rhodes / Flickr The Wall Street Journal took a look yesterday at the ”Cleveland plan” school overhaul legislation recently signed into law. The headline: “A School Fix Without a Fight.” Remember: Under the plan, the district will be able to share tax dollars with local charter schools, but the city and voters will also have more [...]

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.

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 [...]

Q & A: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson On His Schools’ Plan

State lawmakers introduced legislation on behalf of Mayor Frank Jackson today that would allow major changes in the way Cleveland schools are run. The action follows several more hours of negotiations between Mayor Jackson and the Cleveland Teachers Union. The two sides, however, could not agree on significant parts of the plan. One of the [...]

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. [...]

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