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Cleveland teachers and many parents showed up to voice their concern to the school board Tuesday night.

They are angry over proposed cuts to the budget.

The Cleveland school district is adopting what is called Student-Based budgeting in order to trim $21 million from their expenses – but promises there will be no teacher layoffs.

Student-Based budgeting allocates money to schools based on the number of students and their individual needs.

Officials say cuts are needed due to declining enrollment.

The following information was sent to 19 Action News by district officials after Tuesday night’s meeting:

CMSD will reduce spending this year, but a new system that shifts much more control of budgeting to individual schools is not to blame, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

Gordon responded to the Cleveland Teachers Union’s charges that the decision to give schools more autonomy is just cover for a move to slash spending and eliminate jobs. Teachers protested Tuesday as the board met at Buhrer Dual Language School.

Though voters approved an operating levy in November 2012, declining enrollment is expected to reduce state revenue, Gordon said.


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Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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