Board OKs criteria for charter partners
December 2018: The Cleveland Board of Education has
approved new criteria that charter schools must meet to
partner with CMSD. On Dec. 11, the board approved the
criteria, which affected new applicants. Requirements for
District residents must account for at least 80 percent of
the partner charter’s enrollment.
The charter’s average performance index for the most recent
three-year period must rank in the top third of all CMSD
and charter schools located within the District’s
If a partner charter is a high school, its four-year
graduation rate for the most three-year period must equal or
exceed the national average.
The Cleveland Plan, a
customized blueprint for school reform, calls for students to
receive the best possible education, regardless of the provider.
The District had already scrutinized its partner charters for
quality but asked the Cleveland Transformation Alliance to
recommend updates to the criteria.
which was created to monitor schools' progress under The
Cleveland Plan, worked on the project with representatives
of CMSD and the charter sector over the course of two
months. “Our intention, as we drafted this set of criteria, was
to take an inclusive approach while holding partnering charter
schools to high standards of practice," said Piet van Lier,
executive director of the Transformation Alliance.
CMSD partners with 19 charter schools, including 11 that the
District sponsors. CMSD provides technical assistance to
charters it sponsor and receives a percentage of the charter’s
Based on the number of District residents enrolled, partner
charters share one mill of a 15-mill levy that voters approved
in 2012 and renewed in 2016. CMSD is the only district in Ohio
and one of the few in the country to share local tax money with