The Cleveland Plan: Next Steps
Following approval of the Cleveland school levy in November 2012, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has created a draft framework for how it intends to move forward with the implementation of The Cleveland Plan, which calls for dramatic changes in how the CMSD operates.
The Four-Year Strategy document will drive the CMSD’s transformation work in the days, weeks and months ahead. It offers a quarter-by-quarter look at the work ahead and, when complete, will serve as a tool for holding the district accountable over the next four years. It also will help the CMSD engage the partners needed to ensure that the District achieves its goals.
Community input, feedback wanted
Over the next six weeks, beginning in early December 2012, the CMSD will aggressively engage in the gathering of input and feedback from multiple constituency groups and will revise the strategies in this plan based on that feedback. A final version of this framework will be submitted for adoption by the Board of Education in mid- to late-January 2013. All written feedback is welcome and can be sent to Feedback@CMSDnet.net.
More about the Cleveland Plan
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson‘s updated and expanded school transformation plan is an urgent call for reinventing the city’s public school system. It pushes for dramatic changes in how the CMSD operates, saying that “Cleveland schools must break the one-size-fits-all premise of today’s education system.”
The plan builds on progress made in the past five years. The number of high-performing district and charter schools has grown from 14 in 2006 to 37 in 2011, enrolling more than 11,400 students. It is based on an emerging national model, known as the portfolio strategy, which is showing promising results in cities such as Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, New York and others.
for "10 Facts about the New Cleveland Education Plan."
Click here to read or download the Plan's Executive Summary.
Role of the Greater Cleveland Partnership
The Greater Cleveland Partnership played a significant role in helping to shape the Cleveland Plan. In 2011, as we reviewed our organizational strategic priorities, the GCP’s Education Strategic Planning Working Group confirmed that strengthening public education in Cleveland remains a priority for the organization. The GCP’s advocacy team worked with the Governor and leadership in the House and Senate to secure passage of the legislation that will help ensure the plan’s successful implementation and sustainability. We also mobilized business community support by communicating the importance of passing the Cleveland school levy.
Click here to read our statement commending the passage of education reform legislation.
Click here to read our statement praising efforts that led to an agreement in the state legislature on Mayor Frank Jackson’s plan to reform public education in Cleveland.
Read testimony by President and CEO Joe Roman before the Ohio House Education Committee about why the GCP supports the plan's recommendation to set standards for new charter schools.
Below are links to some of the stories, editorials and columns related to The Cleveland Plan: