The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will not establish an Academic Distress Commission. The waiver was granted after careful evaluation by the State Superintendant. The exemption has been granted based in part, on House Bill 525, which was specifically intended to improve the academic performance of Cleveland Schools.

Superintendant of Public Instruction for The Ohio Department of Education Dr. Richard Ross says Cleveland Schools are already on the right path to improvement, enforcing the commission would have been duplicative and would interfere with work already underway. The Academic Distress Commission is not the right choice for this particular situation.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said success is a community effort, it would have been difficult for the Cleveland schools to continue their road to improvement without the waiver. Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Eric Gordon said the school district has already implimented several programs, including teacher evaluations and a new teacher compensation pay structure based on skills and ablilities.
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