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Between the Lines: Teachers' take on mayor's school plan

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CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson's plan to remake the schools and labor contracts is facing a tough sell with the teachers' union.

Teachers are calling the changes "Senate Bill 5 on steroids."

Mayor Jackson and school leaders and plan supporters say the changes are needed to give schools more flexibility and to adjust contracts to the reality of the schools' overwhelming problems.

The union plans to offer suggested changes to the mayor's plan.

Veteran teacher and Cleveland Teachers' Union board member Tracy Radich says what lawmakers are being asked to consider deals with labor issues, not actual classroom improvements.

Democrat Marcia Fudge and Republican Steve LaTourette have come up with a possible way to help cities demolish abandoned buildings that are strangling neighborhoods in cities all over the country.

Does their funding plan have a chance of passing Congress? Could it make significant inroads on the problem.?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with teacher Tracy Radich, Democratic Lawyer/Activist Michael Nelson and former Republican State Lawmaker Matt Dolan on this edition of Between the Lines.


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