July 15, 2022
Updates from the Board + A New Website for CTA
On Monday, June 13, 2022, Mayor Justin Bibb chaired his third Cleveland Transformation Alliance board meeting since taking office earlier this year. These meetings are always open to the public and family/community members are encouraged to attend. Click here for the full calendar of upcoming board meetings and events. Reflecting on a Difficult Year for Educators, Students, and FamiliesDuring the June meeting, the CTA board discussed the challenges faced and the progress made. In particular, Mayor Bibb referenced the extended impact of Covid-19 on education and the combined mental health and gun violence crises in Cleveland. Mayor Bibb reinforced his commitment to safety in our schools with a call to action for Cleveland’s educators and inner-ring school districts to join him in advocating for common sense gun laws that will combat the epidemic of gun violence in our communities.Support for Common Sense Gun ReformThe group collectively recognized the efforts of Eric Gordon and the CMSD Board of Education in their resolution to ensure that Cleveland public schools remain gun-free, in spite of the passage of House Bill 99 which makes it easier for Ohio’s local school districts to arm teachers and staff. Gordon shared with local news station WKYC, “The Board of Education of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District believes that the presence of undertrained or improperly trained persons armed with firearms in our schools would create a dangerous environment in our schools, and threaten the lives and safety of students and staff."A New Website to Better Serve Cleveland Families Another important resolution came as a result of a months-long effort from the board Communications and Engagement Committee, led by executive director Meghann Marnecheck. Marnecheck and the committee sought board approval to launch a redesign of the MyCleSchool.org website to improve the user experience of parents and families while also supporting CTA’s efforts to connect with underserved neighborhoods and communities.Over the past year, a number of challenges made it difficult for families to access the MyCleSchool.org website and search/find information for their children’s best-fit school. Together with CTA staff, the committee determined the criteria for this investment and interviewed a variety of Northeast Ohio agencies.Cleveland Parents & Families: Help Redesign MyCleSchool.orgFollowing the June 13 board approval of the website redesign project, Cleveland Transformation Alliance is now seeking parents and family members of Cleveland students to help reimagine the School Finder Tool, which is central to its mission of ensur easy and equitable access to high-quality public schools for every child in Cleveland.If you or someone you know would be interested in getting involved with the redesign of the MyCleSchool.org website and/or the School Finder Tool, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.