The Ohio school board is unanimously backing a fix for Cleveland schools while stopping short of endorsing the plan by Mayor Frank Jackson that’s making its way through the Legislature.

After lengthy discussion Tuesday, the 19-member Ohio Board of Education resolved to support “a collaborative, bi-partisan process” involving all stakeholder groups to produce dramatic improvements in the Cleveland district’s academic and financial performance.

It’s the only Ohio school district controlled by a mayor.

Earlier wording was dropped that directly supported Jackson’s plan. It calls for longer schools years or days, preschool for all 4-year-olds, allowing merit pay for teachers, and reassigning teachers without regard to seniority.

The Cleveland Teachers Union opposes certain elements.

Republican Gov. John Kasich supports the Democratic mayor’s effort, which he envisions as a statewide model

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