Vol 62: CMSD Budget Alert, Creating a new normal

CMSD Stakeholders,

Following the passage of the FY 22-23 Biennial Budget (Sub HB 110) in the Senate Chamber last week, we wanted to alert you to some urgent concerns as it enters Conference Committee negotiations.


Changes to “Unused School Facility” Definition (R.C. 3313.411, Sec. 812.10)

  • Adds to the definition, any school building that has been used for direct academic instruction but less than 60% of the building was used for that purpose in the preceding school year
The district has a large number of school buildings that could be vulnerable to sale or lease even though they are in use or part of a facilities plan  

Creation of Educational Savings Account Program (R.C. 3310.70, Sec. 733.60) 

  • Establishes the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account Program to provide $500 to families at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for secular or non-secular purposes
Diverts additional state and federal dollars away from traditional public schools

Transportation for community and nonpublic school students – limit on the use of mass transit (R.C. 3327.017)

  •  Would prohibit a district from providing transportation services via a mass transit system to the community or chartered nonpublic students in grades K-8  unless the district enters into an agreement with the school authorizing it
CMSD students grades 7-8 are transported via mass transit and should be providing the same transportation for non-public students equivalent to transportation for public school students
  •  Require a district to ensure the student’s route does not require more than one transfer

CMSD can provide suggestions for routes that accommodate students but there is no reasonable way the district can enforce the proposed transfer requirement

Cleveland Scholarship Program Building Eligibility (R.C. 3313.976)

  • Qualifies a chartered nonpublic school located outside CMSD that serves grades K-8 to accept students with Cleveland Scholarships if the school is both located within five miles of the district border and within a municipal corporation having a population of at least 15,000

If these schools are being provided state dollars via “scholarships” they too should be held to the same accountability standards as public schools


  1. Direct Funding for Community Schools and Voucher Programs
  2. Online/Blended Learning Requirements

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We’re happy to discuss these issues in more detail at your earliest convenience.

Creating a new normal:
A Virtual Town Hall

Contrary to what we often hear, life, as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, is not the “new normal.” That comes next.

The quest to shape what it looks like in Cleveland’s public schools is underway, with deep discussion of how to build on the progress of the last 10 years and create a system that is more fair, just, and good for all learners.

In this Virtual Town Hall, CEO Eric Gordon details the work so far and the exciting journey ahead. Many diverse stakeholders have provided feedback, but much more input will be needed.

The first round of input is now closed. We will use your feedback to inform our American Rescue Plan draft which will be posted soon.

Please view the Virtual Town Hall below:

CMSD Post Pandemic Virtual Town Hall
"Talk to the CEO" features the CEO discussing important updates and information about the District. This episode features: The Summer Learning Experience, What to Expect for the New School Year
CEO Eric Gordon discussing the Summer Learning Experience and what families can expect learning to look like in the fall.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021
2021 Graduation Schedule
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