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Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ) works to close the digital divide

Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ) works to close the digital divide by Colin Murnan (Plain Press, September 2020)       The EYEJ (Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice) is hard at work trying to close the digital divide in Cleveland. Founded in 2013, the organization works to give voice to the youth and promote change for the greater good … Continue reading

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours This story is provided by ideastream as part of special community coverage of COVID-19 and funded by Third Federal Foundation and University Settlement. by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, September 2020)       For some parents of school-age children, the decision … Continue reading

Resources available for determining educational options for area students

Resources available for determining educational options for area students (Plain Press, September 2020)       There are a number of resources for parents and students interested in finding out how local schools are approaching this upcoming school year. While the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has announced its first quarter (9 weeks) will happen remotely with online education, … Continue reading

Cleveland School Board members support remote learning option for first quarter of school year

Cleveland School Board members support remote learning option for first quarter of school year by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            All the Cleveland Board of Education members weighing in at the July 21st Board of Education meeting spoke in favor of students staying at home and engaging in remote learning for the first … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Cleveland City Council announced in a July 23rd press release that it plans to hear a presentation from the Department of Community Development on a tax abatement study at its … Continue reading

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon calls for levy renewal and 5-mill increase

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon calls for levy renewal and 5-mill increase Open letter to the editor: Dear Friends and Supporters of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD): (Plain Press, August 2020)            This evening (July 7, 2020), I made a recommendation to the Cleveland Board of Education that the Board consider asking the … Continue reading

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund (Plain Press, August 2020)            The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on digital inequities in Greater Cleveland that bar students from accessing their education in an age of remote learning, prevent underemployed and unemployed adults from finding or applying for … Continue reading

Organizations work to address the digital divide

Organizations work to address the digital divide (Plain Press, June 2020)   The arrival of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County brought to the forefront the necessity to address the digital divide. A number of community leaders and advocates for social change have come forward, urging action to address this serious issue. Schools and health care … Continue reading

Cleveland Metropolitan School District sites offer carryout meals for Cleveland children

  Cleveland Metropolitan School District sites offer carryout meals for Cleveland children The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) website at clevelandmetroschools.org has the following message: “As part of efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of all Ohio schools for a three-week period, starting March 17. During … Continue reading

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board of Education conducts last business meeting prior to governor’s order to close the schools

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board of Education conducts last business meeting prior to governor’s order to close the schools (Plain Press, April 2020)          At the February 25th 2020 Cleveland Board of Education business meeting, it was business as usual, there was no indication that in only a few short weeks Governor Mike DeWine would … Continue reading

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