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Foundation backs Cleveland Plan goals with $3 million


CMSD and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance have received nearly $3 million in grants for projects that will help families more easily identify and enroll in high-quality schools.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation of Houston awarded $1.5 million to CMSD, which will use the money to streamline and simplify its registration system. The system is to eventually include both District and charter schools.
The foundation is giving the Cleveland Transformation Alliance $1.375 million for outreach that encourages families to actively seek out the schools that best fit their needs.

The grants support the mission of The Cleveland Plan, a state-approved blueprint for reform. The plan calls for dramatically increasing the number of students enrolled in high-performing District and charter schools.

The Transformation Alliance evaluates District and charter schools, helps families choose quality schools and monitors compliance with The Cleveland Plan.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation focuses on K-12 education, criminal justice, public accountability and research integrity. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications.

"We heard about the work that is going on in Cleveland and reached out," foundation spokeswoman Leila Walsh said. She said the foundation was particularly interested in the idea of a shared registration system.
According to the foundation’s website, its core objective is to "produce substantial, widespread and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society.” The foundation’s philosophy is to seek “transformational change, not incremental change.”