Black professionals honor Cleveland mayor

CLEVELAND - A group of black professionals has honored the Cleveland mayor, who is coming off a big election win for a tax increase meant to improve city schools.

Mayor Frank Jackson was recognized Saturday evening by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation. The organization has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships since 1985.

The group says it honored Jackson for his leadership on behalf of city schools, which are controlled by a mayor-appointed board.

On Tuesday city voters approved a four-year tax that could mean up to $85 million annually for schools.

The tax was part of a state-backed reform package that included teacher concessions on seniority and tenure.

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