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East Cleveland schools intervention panel takes shape

October 12, 2018

East Cleveland schools intervention panel takes shape

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The “Academic Distress Commission” for the East Cleveland school district – a panel that will take control of the struggling district from the local school board – is starting to take shape.

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced the three members he is appointing to the five-person board. Those are, according to an Ohio Department of Education press release:

– Rev. Stanley Miller, pastor of Rust United Methodist Church in Oberlin and former executive director of the NAACP’s Cleveland Chapter;

– Michael Schoop, president of the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College; and

– Tachelle Banks, associate vice president of Institutional Diversity and chair of the Department of Teacher Education of Cleveland State University.

East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King also appoints a member under state law. Ohio Department of Education spokesperson Brittany Halpin said King has told the department that he will appoint Belinda Kyle, his executive assistant.

The school board also appoints a teacher to the commission, but no selection has been publicly announced yet.

We are seeking additional details from King and Superintendent Myrna Loy Corley.

East Cleveland will be the third district in Ohio to face a new form of state intervention created in 2015, following Youngstown and Lorain.

The district is suing to block the takeover by the commission in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Once all five members are named, DeMaria will appoint a chair.

The commission then has 60 days to appoint a CEO, who will be paid by the state and have “complete operational, managerial, and instructional control of the district.”

The CEO will convene a community panel to advise him/her on a new educational plan for the district, which is due 90 days after he/she is appointed.

The CEO has broad powers to overrule parts of union contracts, create charter schools or other schools for parents to choose, and overhaul schools by replacing staff. Those powers increase as time passes without improved ratings on report cards.

Click here for the law spelling out all of the CEO’s powers.

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