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GCP urges resolution of CMSD issues to support Cleveland’s children

CLEVELAND—The Greater Cleveland Partnership reiterates its support of “The Cleveland Plan,” which is improving the educational experience and outcomes in Cleveland classrooms, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the 15 mill property tax renewal levy on the November 8th ballot.

This support continues despite the recent Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) vote to reject the tentative contract that was negotiated between the District and the union leadership, said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“The District and CTU have worked together in the best interest of our kids in the past,” said Roman. “We know that, at this important juncture in the implementation of the Plan, they can do it again by working to find a solution in support of Cleveland’s children. This solution must maintain fidelity to the original plan we all supported in 2012.”

Notwithstanding state indicators, the positive impact of The Cleveland Plan has been significant and it is beginning to reverse declines decades in the making.

“The graduation rate is up, reading and math scores are improving, the college remediation rate is going down and student enrollment is growing in the district,” said Roman. “And there is now meaningful collaboration with high-performing charter schools in our community that share in a small portion of District levy proceeds.

Beyond the schools, The Cleveland Plan served as a turning point for our city and continues to be a key driver in the city’s renaissance we now enjoy. This again proves that public-private partnerships work and a coalition of supporters can help overcome obstacles.

“This model of collaboration served us well,” noted Roman, “in the RNC, Public Square, Opportunity Corridor and countless other initiatives.”

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About the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the largest metropolitan chambers of commerce in the nation, mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region. www.gcpartnership.com.