CLEVELAND -- Charles Mooney School in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood is determined to change its reputation.
On the last state report card, it was in academic emergency. Out of 15 standards, Mooney failed to meet a single one, and its reputation may be even worse.
"I've heard that we are the armpit of the area. That is not true," says Brynn Morgan, the Mooney principal.
Back in the 1990s, there were high-profile incidents of fights and weapons being brought to Charles Mooney.
"Maybe you saw something on the news in the past. That was the past. I welcome people come in see us, see us now," says Teacher Marc Pohlman.
About 500 students go to Mooney. It is a pre-k to 8th grade school, located in a blue-collar neighborhood, with its share of poverty and empty storefronts.
This is Brynn Morgan's first job as a head principal, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
"When I signed my contract, I signed it stating that if I don't improve academics, I could lose my job," says Morgan.
This school, like so many other urban schools, not only needs to improve student grades and test scores, but there are many neighborhood challenges from poverty that impact the school's performance.
The challenges are many, but so is the will among the principal, teachers and students.
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