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$1.4 million from Cleveland Foundation will benefit CMSD students

The Cleveland Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants for programs that benefit CMSD and District students.

The foundation committed $350,000 to expand the District's Office of Portfolio Planning, Growth and Management and redesign CMSD's five career-technical schools.

Under The Cleveland Plan, CMSD operates as a portfolio system, offering a variety of school options so students and families can find the right fit. The portfolio office oversees development of new models like three small schools that will open in August at the John Marshall Campus.

The five career-technical high schools – Max S. Hayes, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Washington Park Environmental Science Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus and Garrett Morgan School of Science – will sharpen their academics and career programs to better prepare students for the modern workplace. The schools are now known collectively as The Academies of Cleveland.

Other grants went to groups that work with the District. Those awards include:

• $500,000 for Teach for America  to recruit and train teachers and involve TFA alumni in Cleveland school reform. Teach for America enlists educators from other fields or areas of study. Thirty-five TFA graduates are in their first year with the District and 18 are in their second year.

• $335,000 to help Esperanza Inc. increase graduation rates and academic achievement. CMSD and Esperanza have worked together to increase Hispanic students’ four-year graduation rate from 52.2 percent in 2012-13 to 60.9 percent in 2013-14.

• $250,000 that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will use, in part, to support a full-time club that was started at Walton School in September. Walton has set aside classrooms that the club uses for academic tutoring, an arts room and a game room. A full-time club opened last school year at CMSD’s Franklin D. Roosevelt School. 
The grants were among $15.6 million in quarterly awards that the Cleveland Foundation announced in December.