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New Cleveland Mayor Demands Faster Learning Recovery for Students After Pandemic

Cleveland’s new Mayor, Justin Bibb, wants to accelerate educational progress in the city, calling recent graduation rate improvements promising but not nearly enough. Bibb, 35, recently told The 74 Million that having more schools highly rated by the state, better test scores, and students better prepared for college are at the top of his list for desired outcomes. Bibb will conduct a listening tour of the city to learn what families want from schools and what changes they need. 

“Having mayoral control of our schools is a special moral obligation for me,” said Bibb of Cleveland, the first mayoral-controlled school district in Ohio in 1997. “With one out of two of our children living in poverty, having high-quality public education is critical to our long-term economic competitiveness as a city.”

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