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Teachers under stress in Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Investment Schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2017)        At the November 21st meeting of the Cleveland Board of Education, educational advocate Don Freeman, for the third month in a row, brought up the issue of the stress that the teaching staffs at Cleveland’s twenty-three investment schools are experiencing. Freeman emphatically said, “Professionals, by that I … Continue reading

Advocacy effort calls for restoring lost $1 million to Cleveland Schools’ Comprehensive Extracurricular Activities Program

sby Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2017)      On June 28, 1995, the Cleveland City Council passed legislation which increased parking, admissions and motor vehicle leasing taxes. The legislation allowed the money to be used for extracurricular activities for the Cleveland Schools, repairs for the football stadium and the general fund of the City of … Continue reading

Urban Community School and Urban Squash Cleveland to build new Youth Development Center on Lorain Avenue

(Plain Press, December 2017)      Urban Community School and Urban Squash Cleveland broke ground in late October for Urban Squash Cleveland’s Youth Development Center. Urban Community School President Tom Gill says the new 10,000 square foot building will be on Lorain Avenue at W. 47th Street. Gill says the brick on the new building will … Continue reading

Lincoln West High School Food Pantry

Invest in Children expands Universal Pre-Kindergarten program

(Plain Press, October 2017) The number of newly available high quality pre-kindergarten education slots available in Invest in Children’s Universal Pre-K (UPK) program more than doubled this year with the addition of 2,600 new slots. At a September 12 press conference at Horizon Education Centers- Market Square Pre-Kindergarten Site, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish touted … Continue reading

Executive Director Katie Kelly offers update on Pre4CLE program

by M.  Yesenia Summers (Plain Press, September 2017)       “Our vision is that every child in Cleveland will start kindergarten ready to succeed, “says the Pre4CLE  website. Pre4CLE is a program to ensure all 3-and 4- year old children in Cleveland have access to a high-quality preschool.  I spoke with Katie Kelly, Executive Director of PRE4CLE. … Continue reading

True2U mentoring program seeks tutors

(Plain Press, September 2017)     The True2U mentoring program is seeking tutors to work with CMSD eighth-graders. Mentors meet monthly with the students to help them envision their future and work on skills needed to make that future a reality. Emphasis is placed on career and college readiness. Mentors work in teams of three with about … Continue reading

Gigi’s Playhouse offers a place to learn and grow for individuals with Down Syndrome

  by M. Yesenia Summers (Plain Press, August 2017)   I walked into Gigi’s Playhouse and was greeted by friendly faces.  Gigi’s Playhouse is nestled in a strip of stores on Detroit Road in Lakewood, Ohio.  I was given a tour by the site coordinator, Elizabeth Maxwell, and we discussed the success of the achievement … Continue reading

May Dugan Center helps people to advance their lives and communities

by M. Yesenia Summers (Plain Press, July 2017)     “We help everyone” these words resonate after visiting Sue Marasco, the Director of Education at the May Dugan Center.  Marasco and her colleagues honor the legacy of the late May Dugan, who tirelessly helped individuals in need and showed compassion for everyone in her community. The … Continue reading

Transformation Alliance 2017 School Quality Guide provides a means to compare schools in Cleveland

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, July 2017)     The Cleveland Transformation Alliance 2017 School Quality Guide is out and available in public libraries and other locations throughout the city of Cleveland. Digital copies of the guide can be downloaded at the Transformation Alliance website at: http://www.clevelandta.org. This year’s guide has some new features. It compares and … Continue reading