CLEVELAND (AP) -- The head of Cleveland's schools says the success of Ohio's second-largest district will be measured this year by its progress in improving the failing grades it received from the state for poor academic performance.
The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/18rqCwm ) reports Eric Gordon's district update Wednesday focused on broad goals and the need for better education rather than detailing specific spending or operational targets.
Gordon acknowledges the academic data hasn't improved much but says other parts of the big picture look much better now than last year. He says Cleveland is shrinking class sizes and hiring teacher instead of laying off hundreds of them. And he says levy money has provided some financial stability for the district, which previously cut $40 million from its budget.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com