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45 teachers recommended for non-renewal

CMSD NEWS BUREAU
5/9/2014

CMSD principals have recommended not renewing the contracts of 45 teachers and other certificated personnel, part of tougher accountability called for in The Cleveland Plan, the District’s blueprint for reform.

The employees, who also hold positions like guidance counselor and media specialist, are on limited, or one-year, contracts. CMSD has had the right to terminate limited contracts but made minimal use of the option in the past.

“The great majority of our people are great, hardworking people,” Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said. “There are some who, for whatever reason, cannot or will not meet the expectations we have, and those people we have to address.”

The number represents just 1.6 percent of the District’s certificated workforce. The total would have been slightly higher, but principals rescinded 15 recommendations after meeting with the employees involved and eight more employees retired or resigned after being notified that their jobs were in jeopardy.

The teachers and other employees work in 41 schools, less than half the District. Gordon said principals base their recommendations when renewing or non-renewing teachers on a range of factors, including classroom performance, student achievement data, attendance and professionalism.

Employees identified for non-renewal may appeal the recommendations to their academic superintendent, the Human Resources Department, the CEO and the Board of Education.

Central office and non-teaching union employees will also be held to high standards, Gordon said. He said the the contracts of 15 principals and assistant principals were not renewed, and that similar performance reviews have been developed for non-certificated staff and central office employees.

“This is about total performance of all of us in the organization,” he said.