Hard Lesson: Widespread Changes Rattle Cleveland City Schools

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Dr. Eugene Sanders unveiled the district's Academic Transformation Plan Tuesday evening which included shutting down eighteen schools for the 2010-2011 school year.

Being billed as the most comprehensive and ambitious plan in the district's history, Sanders' 4-pronged approach will affect every school building in Cleveland.

The district is facing a $53M deficit and the transformation plan is going to cost over $70M over the course of three years. Dr. Sanders will look to federal stimulus money and community partners to help the district find its way financially.

"The Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Transformation Plan is not merely a course of action. It is a call to action and now is the time we come together to make a city-wide commitment to closing the achievement gap that exists between high-performing schools and low-performing schools in Cleveland," says Dr. Sanders.

He is also well aware that this part of the plan (school closures) that will cause the greatest outcry from the people who live in these neighborhoods.

"Changes are never easy for anyone," says Sanders. "But in a rapidly changing world, it is essential for everyone. It may seem easier to hold on what we have for fear of what will be. The world beyond us will continue to change."

By fall, each school will be categorized as one of the following:

  • Growth Schools
  • Repurpose Schools
  • Refocus Schools
  • Closed Schools
  • Relocate Schools


Map of the schools:

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