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CMSD, charter partners kick off year






Representatives of CMSD and the charter schools it sponsors kicked off a new school year Friday, reviewing supports provided by the District, new regulations for charters and state open-records laws.

More than 30 of the charters' board members and staff met at at the East Professional Center with Stephanie Klupinski, CMSD's executive director of charter schools, and other District administrators.

The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for education reform in the city, calls for students to receive the best possible education, regardless of the provider.

CMSD sponsors 11 charters, which are publicly funded but privately managed. The District monitors the charters' performance and provides the schools with technical assistance. CMSD receives a small percentage of the charters' state aid and counts the charter students' test scores with its own.

The District is the only public school system in Ohio and one of the few in the country to share local tax money with charters.

With money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CMSD and charters have formed the Cleveland Education Compact. Compact members collaborate on training, advocacy and other matters.