CLEVELAND -- The board of directors of the Cleveland Foundation has authorized a $200,000 grant to the committee leading the effort to pass a Cleveland schools levy in November.

Cleveland voters will decide the 15-mill, four-year levy on November 6. If passed, the levy will help fund Mayor Frank Jackson's Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools. The Cleveland Foundation served as partners in the development of the plan and the state legislation that was signed in July.

"The Cleveland Foundation's focus on the Cleveland schools is rooted in the belief that our city's success is linked to the strength of its schools," said Robert Eckardt, executive vice president for the Cleveland Foundation in a written release. "Our grant to the campaign reflects our belief that passage of the levy is an essential element in providing financial stability to the district and jump-starting key elements of the Cleveland Plan."

"I want to thank the Cleveland Foundation for being an important partner in the development of the transformation plan and in our levy effort. This grant will help us inform our citizens of the need to continue the progress in our schools and secure the future of Cleveland," said Mayor Frank Jackson.

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