CMSD seeks community feedback on implementation of reforms

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon is busy seeking community feedback on the four-year plan for implementing education reforms.

On Wednesday, he outlined his draft plan for members of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, an interfaith organization of 40 churches from both Cleveland and the suburbs, which has formed partnerships with 10 Cleveland schools.

The plan describes what the district will do over the next four years in order to achieve its goals of tripling the number of Cleveland students enrolled in high-performing district and charter schools by 2018--2019, eliminating failing schools, increasing the graduation rate, raising student achievement while closing achievement gaps, increasing college enrollment and significantly improving the conditions for learning.

Strategic actions include creating and supporting quality schools, building capacity of quality teachers and leaders, and designing effective curriculum, assessment and instruction.

The education reform plan is being funding with money from Issue 107, a 15 mill levy passed by Cleveland voters in November 2012.

The Greater Cleveland Congregations says its members knocked on 10,000 doors urging support for the levy.

Meetings are scheduled throughout the month of January to encourage community feedback. School board action on a final plan could come in February.

The community meetings are as follows:

Thursday, Jan 17, Esperanza, 3104 W. 25th St., 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 17, Fatima Family Center, 6600 Lexington Ave. 6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan 18, United Methodist Church Facility, 5246 Broadway Ave., 6 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 19, Mt. Pleasant Community Zone, 11019 Kinsman Ave., 1 - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 23, Harvard Community Center, 18240 Harvard Ave, 6:30 -  8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 24, St. Martin de Porres, 1264 E. 123rd St., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan 29, Friendly Inn Settlement, 2386 Unwin Rd., 6 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 30, Westside Community House, 9300 Lorain Ave., 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 31, Five Pointe Community Ctr, 813 E. 152nd St., 1 - 3 p.m.

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