More Than 1,000 Teachers Confront CMSD Board Over Rewritten Agreements

There seemed to be genuine concern among CMSD police officers last night as more than 1,000 teachers and union supporters packed into Rhodes High School and, in the words of one officer, violated some major codes.

But the meeting went on, and the Cleveland Teachers Union voiced its anger over how the district is overseeing and changing its approach to its Corrective Action Plans at the worst-performing schools.

In short, the district rewrote the plans after two years — perpetuating a cycle of uncertainty, as teachers claim. The original plans call for a total of 23 "investment schools," which share millions of dollars of specialized staff training and other measures (like partnering with outside agencies to bring in "site coordinators" whose own job descriptions are less than clear). It is, according to some teachers, a work in progress.

A petition to shoot down the current revisions is nearing 3,000 signatures. 

"If you break your promises to CTU members, who's next?" CTU President David Quolke asked the board last night. He warned that instituting what he called "compliance-driven check offs" would "de-professionalize" a staff of teachers that wants to continue with the original plans. 

The new plans stir up all sorts of points of contention with teachers, like mandating they file lesson plans with principals ahead of time and, in some cases, beginning home visits with students.

"If there plans are taking things to the next level and not just a list of random statements strung together, then there would be 23 individual plans and not 23 very similar plans with the same statements repeated throughout," Quolke said. 

Here, for example, is the revised CAP for John Adams High School.

John Adams HS CAP by sandyatscene

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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