Cleveland Schools plan clears state Legislature

3:05 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  A blueprint for improving Cleveland's public schools has cleared the state Legislature and is headed to Gov. John Kasich's desk.

The Ohio Senate took final legislative action on the plan Wednesday, approving the House version over its Senate counterpart in a 27-4 vote.

Kasich is expected to sign the measure. He helped build support for the bill among fellow Republicans at the Statehouse, Democratic Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland's teachers union and the city's business community.

Under the bill, applications by community school sponsors will be reviewed by the state, a panel appointed by Jackson and a charter school association. The bill also invokes national standards to assure charter school quality.

Local tax money would be shared only with community schools sponsored by the Cleveland district or partner schools.

The Associated Press

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