First, we are driven by a fierce sense of urgency. We know that students in Cleveland must have the knowledge, skills and attributes that position them to be successful and competitive in the 21st century global economy. We know that we must re-establish public trust and confidence in our schools and reverse the district's steep drop in enrollment over the last decade. And we must position the district on a path toward financial sustainability so to avoid draconian cuts in services that result in more and more students and families leaving the district and the city.
Second, we are driven by an informed sense of hope, as Cleveland has already started this journey to transformation. The last several years have shown investments in new and redesigned schools, partnerships between the district and high-performing charter schools, differentiated investments in schools, a robust teacher support and evaluation system, and more. Cleveland already has innovative options that are achieving noteworthy results for many of our students. But it won't be enough until every student is in a great school. We must work toward a new vision of education that will inspire and convince the public that our city and our schools are worthy of the investment of their children and dollars.
It is: The right plan at the right time...
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