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CEO is finalist for urban educator of the year


For the second time in three years, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon is a finalist for the Green-Garner Award, given annually to the nation’s urban educator of the year.

Gordon was named chief executive officer in June 2011.
The 2014 award will be presented Oct. 23 in Milwaukee during the annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools. The council represents urban U.S. school districts.

This year’s other finalists are superintendents Albert Carvalho of the Miami-Dade County public schools, R. Stephen Green of the Kansas City, Mo., public schools, Terry Grier of the Houston Independent School District and Valerie Silva of the St. Paul public schools.

Sponsored by the council, Aramark K-12 Education and Voyager Sopris Learning, the award is presented in alternate years to a superintendent and school board member. Cleveland Board of Education Chair Denise Link won last year.

The award is presented in memory of Richard R. Green, the first African-American chancellor of the New York City school system, and Edward Garner, who served on the Denver school board.

The winner receives a $10,000 college scholarship to present to a student.