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    Eric GordonThank you for visiting the CEO’s section of the CMSD’s website.

    I am proud to serve as the superintendent of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the third largest public school district in Ohio. With the support and dedication of our scholars, their families, staff and other stakeholders, we have gained national attention for our education initiatives and progress.

    Our resurgence can be traced to 2010 and a community coalition’s development of The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for reform that was written into state law. The Plan, which took effect in 2012, calls for ensuring that every student and every neighborhood in the District has access to a quality education. Families choose the CMSD school their children attend, and schools tailor programs to their families’ needs.

    Prior to the pandemic, we were making gains that outpaced districts nationally and statewide. Our four-year graduation rate, which stood at just over 52 percent in 2011, rose to nearly 81 percent in the next decade. Education Week spotlighted us among urban districts that were beating the odds.

    Even as we have grappled with COVID-19, the District, students, families and staff have persevered. We have supplied every student with a device and families who need it get internet access. We launched career exploration and planning for all students, beginning as early as sixth grade, to ensure their journey leads to opportunities for well-paying jobs. Our Summer Learning Experience provides catch-up time and fun activities and projects for students in preschool through 12th grade. And we have embarked on a new Vision for Learning that more deeply engages students and gives them more say.

    Our mantra is that with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, families “Get More.” From free high-quality preschool to school choice to career planning and game-changing Say Yes to Education tuition scholarships for graduates, CMSD is the complete package. Come join us.


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