To Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction:
As you are aware, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to growing a portfolio of high-performing district and community schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Our role is described in Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools and codified in law through H.B. 525, passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed by Governor John Kasich in 2012. Through that legislation, the Transformation Alliance is granted the authority to review sponsors seeking to open community schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District when the sponsor’s contract with the Ohio Department of Education is up for approval or renewal, and to make a recommendation to the Ohio Department of Education based on that review (ORC Sec. 3311.86(E)).
The review application process, created jointly by the Alliance, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers, and reviewed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, is designed to seek evidence of quality sponsorship and evaluate sponsor commitment to the Alliance’s goal that every child in Cleveland attends a high-quality school. A primary goal of our review process is to provide a local assessment of community school oversight and quality.
Download the complete letters here:
Transformation Alliance recommendation that the Ohio Department of Education continue the authority of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation to sponsor charter schools in Cleveland.
Transformation Alliance recommendation that the Ohio Department of Education revoke the authority of St. Aloysius Orphanage to sponsor charter schools in Cleveland.