Columbus -State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement today after the introduction of new legislation for the Cleveland School plan (SB 335):
"I am pleased to be able to join my Statehouse colleagues in the introduction of Senate Bill 335, the revised legislation to support Mayor Frank Jackson's vision to transform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. From the beginning I have emphasized that this would be a process that all stakeholders must remain engaged in for the benefit of Cleveland's children. Today, I am proud to note that this process has yielded a result with which all parties can agree.
"This revised legislation reflects the agreement reached between Mayor Jackson, Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon, and the Cleveland Teachers Union. This deal includes the removal of the fresh start provision and assurance that teachers will not be penalized for taking on tough assignments. It will not only treat educators fairly, it will help promote a culture of excellence in the city's schools and set the stage for the educational success of its students.
"I applaud the courage and leadership of Mayor Jackson and Mr. Gordon for bringing this plan forward, and that of Representative Williams, Representative Amstutz, and Senator Lehner for their perseverance and commitment to Cleveland's kids. I commend all parties for their willingness to keep the city's children at the forefront and reject the shortcomings of today as unacceptable for the future.
"I look forward to strengthening these partnerships as the bill enters the legislature, helping affect real change in our schools, and ensuring that Cleveland's children have access to the education that they deserve."