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Rest in Peace,
Cleveland Foundation has the answers
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 03/10/2010 - 01:19.
Except for teachers, parents, and students - everyone at the Cleveland Municipal School Board meeting this evening supported the school closing plans advanced by the Cleveland Foundation.
For me the high point of the evening was hearing these four well spoken East High members pleading that their school be left open. The tall gentleman said: "I know the Board is trying to do what they think is best for the entire city, but we go to East High."
There was a parade of Cleveland Foundation supported agencies and individuals who attended to speak in support of the "transformation" plan. The teacher's union wasn't one of them.
Councilman Polensek recounted that he has seen the Cleveland population go from 700,000 to 325,000...Mr. Polensek seemed pretty discouraged to me. "We are at the crossroads", Polensek announced. He spoke in support of the plan - "we have to do something".
Another decision made out of desperation, not real planning.
Maybe next time the Cleveland Foundation will approach the parents, teachers, and students and include them in the dialogue...if there is a next time.
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