Cleveland Schools names 10 more Investment Schools

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Schools has named 10 more Investment Schools that will receive intensive help to turn around their results.

The list, announced Thursday, is the second set of low-performing schools to be placed in the category and targeted for dramatic reform under The Cleveland Plan, the district's state-approved blueprint.

The first 13 schools are beginning to make progress as they near the end of their first year under stronger intervention.

Included in the group are two high schools -- East Tech and Glenville -- and eight elementary schools: Adlai Stevenson, Almira, Bolton, Fullerton, George Washington Carver STEM, Marion-Sterling, Michael R. White STEM and Patrick Henry.

The Cleveland Plan, which was written into state law, requires that Cleveland Schools raise achievement in its low-performing schools. The district was required to target at least 10 percent of its schools for "corrective action" every year for three years.

The District gives the schools up to three years to improve. Customized turnaround strategies will be finalized after Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon and other district representatives conduct public meetings at the schools that start next week.

Principals, assistant principals, teachers and other employees who wanted to remain at the Phase 1 Investment Schools had to interview for their jobs and sign letters agreeing to new working conditions – for example, following a different schedule or visiting students' homes. It is likely that employees at Phase 2 schools will have to do the same.


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