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Ohio State Board of Education Agrees That Something Should Be Done About Cleveland

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Today, the Ohio State Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution urging "all stakeholders to collaborate and reach a consensus on a comprehensive plan to support the systemic improvement of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District."

But the board stopped short of actually saying what should be in that plan.

The board resolution is referring to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's proposal to make major changes in the way Cleveland schools operate. Many of those changes, like sharing local property tax dollars with charter schools and changing rules about teacher employment, would require changes in state law. State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) introduced legislation to mke those changes last week.

The board actually started with a more specific resolution that would have endorsed the legislation. But after more than an hour of debate, they ended up with this vaguer version, which doesn't actually mention the pending legislation.

Here's the full text of the Ohio State Board of Education resolution:

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RESOLUTION TO URGE ALL STAKEHOLDERS TO COLLABORATE AND REACH A CONSENSUS ON A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO SUPPORT THE SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENT OF THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT

WHEREAS the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio’s second largest district was rated in Academic Watch for the 2010-11 school year; and

WHEREAS the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s five-year forecast projects that the district faces a budget deficit of approximately $64.9 million for the 2012-13 school year; and

WHEREAS the mayor and CEO have proposed a plan to transform Cleveland schools; Therefore, Be It

RESOLVED that the State Board of Education supports a collaborative, bi-partisan process that involves all relevant stakeholders to create a framework to help produce dramatic improvement to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s academic and financial performance; and, Be It

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education urges all parties to continue their work to finalize a fair and effective comprehensive plan to transform Cleveland schools; and, Be It

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education and Ohio Department of Education offer any assistance that the parties may desire; and, Be It

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Ohio Department of Education will provide information when requested to help facilitate a reform agenda which seeks to improve educational opportunities in Cleveland.

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