Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon, and Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke have reached an agreement on Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.

In a statement, they said it is the result of 12 meetings over the past several weeks. The agreement reached covers the following issues and makes the provision regarding the “fresh start” on contract negotiations unnecessary:

  • Low-performing schools: The agreement allows the district to quickly intervene in low-performing schools in consultation and collaboration with our unions and clarifies that teachers and employees cannot and will not be fired just because they work in low-performing schools
  • Differentiated salary schedule: The agreement ensures the development of a salary schedule that factors in performance, specialized training, and other relevant experience and ensures that teachers will not receive pay cuts simply because a new pay schedule is created;
  • Teacher assignments: The agreement allows the district to fill teaching positions in all schools using hiring teams that include principals, teachers, and parents as opposed to simply assigning teachers based on seniority;
  • Teacher evaluations: The agreement protects CMSD’s and CTU’s hard work on a modernized Teacher Development and Evaluation system while expanding timelines and focusing on quality

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