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Cleveland school CEO Eric Gordon

Schools have had to make quick adjustments to try to teach students remotely. But that's not the only challenge they face, especially for large districts with high poverty rates like the Cleveland Metropolitan schools.

District CEO Eric Gordon talks about how the district is trying to keep the learning going, especially when it has limited contact with a quarter of its students.

Eric Gordon: We know that about 25% of our families do not have contact. That gives us some idea of the limits in our homes, right out of the gate.  

Gordon: Cleveland Schools Finally Have Momentum

Sep 26, 2019

In his annual State of the Schools address Thursday, Cleveland public schools CEO Eric Gordon turned to Sir Isaac Newton to describe the district’s progress: the schools finally have momentum.

Propelled by the 7-year-old Cleveland Plan for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Gordon said that momentum shows in increased graduation rates and the 2.6 percent growth in K-3 literacy rates.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District plans to close or consolidate nine K-through-eighth-grade schools and build new ones. The community is invited to give feedback starting tonight.

The proposal includes plans to close four K-8 schools and relocate five others. Most of the affected schools are in older buildings with low enrollment and very low ratings from the state, according to a press release.


Ohio’s eight urban school districts are calling for changes to the proposed overhaul of the state’s school funding formula. The large school districts say the formula doesn’t do enough to address economic disadvantages.

Eric Gordon is CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. His district and most of the other seven urban districts in the Ohio 8 Coalition would not see an increase in funding through the new formula proposed by Representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (L-Jefferson).

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Beginning February 4th, students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will be able to apply for college scholarships through "Say Yes Cleveland," a new effort to ensure all city students have the opportunity for post-secondary education. Cleveland is the fourth community wide chapter of the New York City-based "Say Yes to Education." One of the other chapters is in Buffalo.

Thousands of high school graduates in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District could receive scholarships for college or vocational training thanks to a multi-million dollar program announced Friday.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he supports Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, despite the state giving Cleveland public schools an 'F' in its most recent school report card.

The report found improvements in some areas but the district remained near the bottom statewide.

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Now that the field of candidates vying to be the next governor of Ohio has been narrowed to two, voters could soon get a better sense of the path the state’s education system may take under their leadership. Gov. John Kasich wasn’t afraid to take on education reform, but the success of some of those policies is yet to be seen.

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The Cleveland Municipal School District is holding public meetings this week to gather feedback on an unusual proposal.

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The Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. This is the second go-round for the two sides.

Cleveland school CEO Eric Gordon

In Cleveland, voters passed a renewal of a tax levy for the city’s schools.  The levy first passed in 2012 was used to help fund the Cleveland Plan for reforming the city’s schools.

The CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Eric Gordon, says the extension of the levy will allow the district to move on from what he called a period of disruption in the schools.

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The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. 

51-percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Cleveland Teachers Strike Avoided

Aug 31, 2016
Eric Gordon

It took a marathon bargaining session, but the possibility of a Cleveland teacher’s strike this week is now unlikely.

Around 5 Tuesday morning, the union and school administration announced they reached a tentative contract deal. Earlier this month the teachers union issued a strike notice after off-and-on contract talks that started last November failed to yield an agreement.

In a recorded statement, school CEO Eric Gordon summed up the final push.

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Teachers at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will strike starting Sept. 1st, unless the district and the union can come to an 11th-hour deal on a new contract. The Cleveland Teachers Union voted to authorize a strike.

The breakdown in negotiations stems from a disagreement with the way the Cleveland public school teachers are evaluated.  Based on rules in The Cleveland Plan -- a 2012 law to reform the city's schools -- teachers' pay is linked to performance.

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Cleveland schools and its teachers union are in the midst of negotiating a new contract. 

But last week, both the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers Union rejected a report by a neutral fact-finder. 

StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports both sides say they’re ready to come back to the table.

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Cleveland Metropolitan School District administrators and the teachers union intend to resume contract talks following rejection of a Fact Finder Report and the call for a strike vote.  

At the urging of district CEO Eric Gordon the Cleveland school board has unanimously rejected the Fact Finder Report, and the teachers union wants its members to vote no as well.