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Sports and busing may return to Cleveland school district
CEO Eric Gordon says savings from a potential teachers' contract could cover costs

Anna Staver

Preschool, busing and athletics could be continued next spring if the Cleveland board of Education approves a new contract with teachers.  Right now, all three programs are slated for elimination.

But Schools CEO Eric Gordon says the board should fund them with half of the $8.1-million the new contract will save.

CEO Eric Gordon explains why he chose these programs

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“We know that asking parents mid-year having to find other option for preschool is not tenable. We know that high school transportation is essential. We already have a transportation policy that asks our kids to walk three miles to school. If we really want kids at school, we’ve got to provide transportation. We know that a lot of our kids depend on athletic scholarships as part of how they are going to be able to go to college. So eliminating a season of athletics, eliminates a lot of opportunities for kids.”

The cuts next spring are supposed to fill a projected budget deficit of $66 million next year.

Gordon says he didn’t propose bringing back Cleveland’s summer school program because he thinks the district could save more money by switching to online classes.

Cleveland teachers begin voting on the proposed contract tomorrow (Thursday). 

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