CLEVELAND- Hundreds of Cleveland teachers pack an auditorium Tuesday night to sound off on some changes. The teachers’ union is upset with changes to the ‘Corrective Action Plans’ in place for 23 struggling schools.
Specifically, educators are taking issue with requirements forcing them to file advance lesson plans, wear ‘professional’ clothes, communicate more with parents and give additional tests.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District says lesson plans are a basic responsibility; teachers are already asked to do community outreach with parents and some show up in unprofessional attire. CMSD CEO Eric Gordon said, “I fully recognize that when you go through change, there’s a lot of fear. There’s a lot of anxiety. There’s a lot of anger, and I think that’s what we’re seeing here today. A lot of what we’re asking for in these plans is what teachers already do.”
One teacher who got up to speak said, “Whether we work at a corrective action school or not, we can see that this document is an attack on educators.”
The plans also call for celebrations of student success and creating a college-going and career-oriented culture.