May 25, 2012
Educators, Leaders, Community Announce New Collaborative Education
Reform Agreement in Cleveland
"This is a powerful example of what is possible when the entire community—educators, parents, elected officials and businesses—commit to collaboration over confrontation," says the AFT's Weingarten.
WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten lauding the announcement of landmark collaborative education reform in Cleveland by the Cleveland Teachers Union and state and local leaders:
"This agreement is a powerful example of what is possible when the entire community—educators, parents, elected officials and businesses—commit to collaboration over confrontation. And it stands in stark contrast to efforts by special interests and politicians like Mitt Romney, who seek to demonize teachers and divide the people who work most closely with kids every day from students, parents and the community.
"While the path was not always easy, Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke and Mayor Frank Jackson remained committed to working together on creating reforms that focus on truly improving teaching and learning. By working together, engaging parents and the community, and respecting their shared responsibility for educating Cleveland's kids, educators and leaders in Ohio were able to reach an agreement that:
- Protects and enhances the voice teachers have in building a high-quality education system;
- Encourages educators and the community to bring new ideas to the table;
- Strengthens college- and career-readiness programs;
- Commits to collaborative efforts to turn around low-performing schools; and
- Ensures that taxpayer-supported charter schools have the same high level of accountability as other public schools.
"This agreement offers a clear path forward to strengthen Cleveland's public schools and ensure Cleveland's children are prepared for the demands of the 21st century."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.