News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

The Holden Arboretum

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Cleveland schools escape state takeover, but not Lorain
Ohio's education chief says a state takeover could stall the Cleveland transformation plan
by WKSU's IDA LIESZKOVSZKY


Reporter
Ida Lieszkovszky
 
In The Region:

The state’s top education official was in Northeast Ohio Monday to announce the fate of two local school districts: Cleveland and Lorain. Both were slated for a state takeover following fouryears of poor academic performance. But as StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports, the state plans now to take over only one district.

School officials on academic distress commission

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:13)


State schools’ chief Richard Ross made his first stop of the day at the Cleveland schools’ headquarters. After years of getting F's on its state report cards, the district was due for a state takeover. That means forming an academic distress commission of state and local folks to oversee the district’s progress. But the district applied for a waiver exempting it from a takeover and Ross agreed. 

"An academic distress commission makes sense in some places," Ross says. "But an academic distress commission is not the right choice here."

Ross says that’s because Cleveland already has a plan in place: the Cleveland Plan legislation passed last year that includes reforms aimed at improving the district. 

"Adding another layer of involvement would only hinder the momentum for change in your community," Ross says. 

Cleveland schools’ superintendent Eric Gordon says there are already enough people overseeing the district. 

"It’s a whole bunch of taxpayers that made a big commitment to this community and it’s our job to get that done," Gordon says. 

But Ross says an academic distress commission does make sense in Lorain, forty minutes west of Cleveland. 

Tom Tucker is the superintendent of Lorain City Schools. 

"I'm glad they're here," Tucker says. "We can do better, we have to do better and we need to change. And that isn’t always easy."

The district passed a levy last fall for the first time in two decades, but only after laying off more than 180 staff members to deal with a 12 million budget hole last spring. 

Lorain is only the second Ohio district to undergo a state takeover for poor academic performance. Youngstown was the first in 2010.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University