Charter Partnership Criteria

New Criteria for Selection of Partnering Charts

Proposed by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for criteria to select community schools as formal partners on December 3, 2018

Overview of Process

At the request of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Transformation Alliance convened a working group to create a set of criteria that CMSD could use to select partnering community schools. The working group, comprising representatives of the school district, community schools, and the Transformation Alliance, met six times, from September 17, 2018, to November 15, 2018.

Working group participants:

Jessica Baldwin Mark Baumgartner Kevin Burtzlaff
Mark Comanducci Nicholas D’Amico Christine Fowler-Mack
Robert Heard Tom Hutton Brooke King
Stephanie Klupinski Shana Marbury Rick McIntosh
Mary Moore Jacqui Miller Ann Mullin
David Quolke Erin Randel Alan Rosskamm
Victor Ruiz

Helen Williams

Deborah Rutledge

Peggy Young

Piet van Lier


The process was facilitated by Kris Putnam-Walkerly of the Putnam Group in close collaboration with the Transformation Alliance. The working group used as a starting point the document “Cleveland Community School Partnership, Request for Proposals: New Partner Schools 2017-18,” found on the CMSD website.

This proposal to CMSD was approved by the Board of Directors of the Transformation Alliance at its December 3, 2018, meeting, and provided to the CMSD Board of Education for consideration at its December 4 work session. The intent of this process has been to take an inclusive approach to partnership while holding partnering schools to high standards of practice.

Download the full Request for Proposal containing the partnering charter criteria released December 4, 2018 here.