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Past, present CMSD students to address City Club


Four past and present CMSD students who surveyed ninth-graders on the issues they face in school will appear at the City Club of Cleveland on Thursday, Aug. 7 to present themes from their findings.

The panel for “We the Students: More than Just a Number” will include Taylor Watson of James Ford Rhodes High School, Michael Sterritt of New Tech West High School, 2014 Glenville graduate La-Shaune Gullatt and Jayme Thomas, who graduated from the former East High School. Gullatt now attends Bowling Green State University and Thomas is a student at Cuyahoga Community College.

At the start of the 2012-13 school year, the four surveyed 259 ninth-graders to solicit their views on how they get along with other students and teachers, as well as transportation and changing schools. The ninth-graders also were asked about the need for student voice in matters that affect them.

Watson, Sterritt, Gullatt and Thomas worked with Anne Galletta, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University, as well as CSU undergraduate and graduate students.

Galletta said the survey sample was small, representing less than 7 percent of the year’s ninth-graders, but the results could help shape policy and engage the public in the issues facing students at that grade level.

Tickets are $15 for City Club members and $25 for others. For further information, go to