CEO to meet with President Obama
“It is true that all of Ohio’s school districts serve children living in poverty. This is a problem facing our entire nation,” Gordon said last month after the proposal went to the House floor.
“But Ohio’s large urban districts continue to serve the largest percentage of these young men and women, with a combined 86.5 percent of the children in The Ohio Eight (a coalition of Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown) qualifying for free or reduced lunch, compared with just 48.5 percent statewide."
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 54 percent of Cleveland’s school-age children live in poverty, second highest among the country’s largest cities. Gordon has encouraged parents and others to call legislators and oppose the proposed cut in Title I funding.
In December, the CEO was part of a panel at a White House summit on early childhood education. Obama has praised PRE4CLE, a network pairing CMSD and private providers in an effort to make high-quality preschool available to as many of the city's 3- and 4-year-olds as possible.
Earlier this month, Gordon spoke in San Francisco at the Carnegie Foundation’s Summit on Improvement in Education. He was on a panel that discussed “Leading the Transformation of Large Complex Systems.”