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New Deal: Clev. Schools, Teachers Union Reach Tentative Agreement

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's been nearly two weeks since Mayor Frank Jackson ordered the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the teachers union back to the bargaining table and Monday both sides announced an agreement had been reached.

Once the tentative agreement is approved the district will be able to focus again on the Academic Transformation Plan.

Details of the agreement will not be disclosed until it is presented to the Board of Education for review and to members of the teachers union for ratification, but Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eugene Sanders says he is optimistic that both sides recognize the need to put emphasis on students and their success.

"This tentative agreement is an important step toward realizing the goals of our Academic Transformation Plan," said Sanders. "We have been communicating for weeks that it is important for all groups to sacrifice for the benefit of students and families. With the opening of a new school year approaching, it is more critical than ever for all of us to be moving in the same direction."

Sanders says he is looking forward to realizing a vision of model schools in Cleveland that led to his proposal in January of an Academic Transformation Plan that has earned numerous local endorsements and national recognition.

"Now, more than ever," Sanders said, "We must find the common ground we need to make it happen."

Once the tentative agreement is approved the district will be able to focus again on the Academic Transformation Plan.

Sanders will present the tentative agreement to the Board of Education by the end of the month.

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