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Transforming Cleveland’s Schools Community Connects: A landmark year’

2012 was a landmark year for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. First, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Schools CEO Eric Gordon developed a consensus plan to change how the city's schools operate. Then they won approval for it from the Ohio General Assembly and finally convinced voters to accept a 15-mill levy to pay for the reforms. Now comes the really hard part: actually transforming the educational experience for thousands of youngsters.

How will school leaders and the community be able to monitor progress? And how will success ultimately be measured and achieved? These are just some of the questions we will ask in the fourth installment of our Cleveland Connects community conversation series. Mayor Jackson will define the stakes for the city and the region, and then CEO Gordon and a panel of stakeholders will discuss how they can tackle challenges that have been building for decades.