New John Marshall

John Marshall High School will be reborn as three small schools underneath one roof when its new building opens next August.

A plan released last week pays homage to a “Lawyer Legacy” deeply rooted in the city’s West Park neighborhood. Students will play together on sports teams and in the band, and the building-turned-campus will remain named for the fourth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the demands of the 21st Century are driving changes in the academic program.

An advisory committee representing the school and community first met slightly more than a year ago. The committee drafted design principles after reviewing data that included educational needs and gaps in offerings on the West Side.

A working group met weekly, starting in early September, to iron out the details. The group studied school models in the District and elsewhere, including Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, and consulted with organizations experienced in school design.



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State of the Schools Address

State of the Schools address The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has made good on a vow to begin dramatically revamping a failing culture, CEO Eric Gordon said Tuesday in the annual State of the Schools address.

In his half-hour speech, Gordon took an audience of more than 850 on a trip back through a year of needed “disruption” and recounted shifts that, driven by reforms in The Cleveland Plan, have begun reshaping the District.  

“The 2013-14 school year will likely be remembered as the year that CMSD shook the status quo to its core and kept our promise to taxpayers and voters that the District cannot and will not tolerate business as usual in an any area,” he said to applause in the ballroom of the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

Hosted by theCity Club of Cleveland, the address laid out sweeping reforms spurred by the state-sanctioned education plan, a landmark collective-bargaining agreement with the Cleveland Teachers Union and Issue 107, a four-year levy that generated the District’s first new operating funds in 16 years.

The CEO plowed through a checklist of old ways now gone: cycles of budget deficits and layoffs, perfunctory teacher evaluations, automatic pay raises and decisions based on the interests of adults, not children.

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OpenHouse Parent involvement is off to a good start in the District, with attendance increasing nearly 26 percent at PreK-8 school open houses.

The schools reported attendance of 13,012 at open houses held the week of Sept. 7, compared with 10,343 last year. Attendance at high school open houses rose almost 9 percent, to 3,268.

Parents and caregivers will have another chance to visit schools when parent-teacher conferences are held on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Report cards will be handed out the same day.



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