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Power of the Plan: For mother, a penchant for filing helps inform school choice

Zakiyah Munashe and her child Zyaire, an eight-year old attending Clark Elementary in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood in Cleveland. Story by Justin Glanville     Photos by Julie Van Wagenen This story is part of a series about how families chose their schools. Zakiyah Munashe is a collector. In a big filing cabinet at her house, she stashes […]

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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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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.

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Power of the Plan: For refugee and immigrant students, Academy offers ‘the chance for a new life’

Jennifer Rhone walks the hallway of Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, where she’s one of two assistant principals, and gives a tall, dark-haired boy a wave. “I’d adopt him if I could,” she confides, out of earshot. “He’s so smart and kind, but he’s struggled since he got to the U.S. He had a really difficult childhood…”