The school board of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District voted this week to lay off 10 percent of its 8,000 employees, including 545 teachers. Particularly hard hit will be the district’s ten “innovation schools”…. CMSD already authorizes several charter schools and the board approved the superintendent’s ambitious transformation plan, which includes plans to develop a portfolio of schools and turn some district schools over to charter operators. Could Cleveland use the charter mechanism to save its most promising schools? Read the full post here.

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