CLEVELAND– The Cleveland School District remains in academic distress, but is making enough progress to avoid falling under state control. State Superintendent Richard Ross held a press conference Monday afternoon with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon. Ohio law usually requires the superintendent to place a struggling district under control of a state-run commission. But, Ross said both he and the state legislature support Cleveland’s plan to transform its schools. So, Monday, Ross granted a waiver to keep the district under Gordon’s control.