State lawmakers have reached an agreement with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on his latest plan to reform Cleveland Schools. Ideastream’s Michelle Kanu reports the legislature plans to vote on the bill in mid June.
Standing with Governor John Kasich, Cleveland Teacher’s Union President David Quolke, and a cadre of legislators who sponsored the bill, Mayor Jackson says the broad and bipartisan support for the Cleveland Plan is a unique accomplishment.
Jackson: “This is the first time since I’ve been in public office that I’ve seen all segments of the community come together for one purpose.”
The Cleveland Plan calls for revamping failing schools, revising seniority rules in teacher contracts, and sharing district resources with privately run charter schools.
Lawmakers had previously stalled on approving the plan over its creation of a panel to oversee charter schools in the district. Jackson says the district has allayed concerns that the panel would have too much authority, especially over who could open new charter schools.
As the only district under mayoral control, Jackson says the legislation’s passage is necessary to show voters the Cleveland Schools have made necessary changes before they’re asked to agree to a tax levy increase this fall.
Jackson: “Now people know that they have an opportunity to have a different outcome because all of the things that are in place.”
While the legislation only applies to Cleveland, other districts are watching to see if it becomes a model for education policy around the state.