The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will lay off about 350 teachers, after last week’s announcement that hundreds of teachers would be brought back.
On Aug. 10, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon said about 365 teachers would be recalled temporarily. Now, just a week later, the board of education approved Gordon’s recommendation to lay off nearly 350 teachers, according to a news release from the school district.
“We now have a 30 day window of opportunity to put the district in the best position to move forward,” Gordon said, in a news release on Thursday. “As we assess enrollment and staffing, we will continue our work at the bargaining table to secure the flexibility needed to save jobs and sustain a balanced budget for two years.” This is Gordon’s first year as the district’s CEO.
The rehired teachers were intended to help prepare for when school starts on Aug. 24. CMSD has already eliminated more than 1,000 positions and closed several schools, the district said.
Also on Thursday, the district announced that it will not be able to keep its “continuous improvement” rating from the Ohio Department of Education.
“I am, of course, disappointed in the overall rating,” Gordon said. “Nearly every performance indicator shows progress in the district, and much of that progress is significant.”
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