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Charter Sponsor Review

Charter Sponsor Review for the 2019-2020 School Year This is an update to Ohio sponsors with information about the Cleveland Transformation Alliance’s sponsor review process and related criteria established under state law. Based on input from the sponsor community, the Transformation Alliance has revised the timeline for our review processes, and established a protocol that […]

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Power of the Plan: Finding the right school offers a chance to be present

Donna Black and her granddaughter, Alivia, at Wade Park School Story by Justin Glanville  |  Photos by Julie Van Wagenen This story is part of a series about how families chose their schools. A tough history Years ago, when Donna Black’s children were in school, she was not in a good place. “I was deep […]

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Power of the Plan: Family influence helps Cleveland Children into Kindergarten

Story and photos by Justin Glanville      For kids starting kindergarten, readiness is key to future success The last time Dawn Syroney had a kid entering kindergarten, it was 21 years ago. Back then, she says, she didn’t think much about what skills or knowledge her son needed to start school. “I thought those […]

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Transformation Alliance recommendation regarding S.M.A.R.T. Academy

On March 12, 2018, the Transformation Alliance Board of Directors approved a letter of concern to the Ohio Department of Education regarding the opening of S.M.A.R.T. Academy, a new charter school proposed to open in Cleveland for the 2018-19 school year. Transformation Alliance Letter regarding SMART Academy

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Power of the Plan: Opening new schools: Nerves, intense focus, followed by a group hug

Opening new schools to serve Cleveland’s diverse population of students is a central component of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, the comprehensive plan to reinvent public education in our city. The idea is that a variety of schools, taking different approaches, can better serve the diverse needs of today’s students than the one-size-fits-all approach of the past.