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After months of meetings, a lot of behind-the-scenes cobbling, bursts of community anguish and a couple of major revisions, the Cleveland school board has approved a district “transformation plan.”

Now can district leaders tie up scores of loose ends in time to smoothly launch a multitude of changes this fall? Administrators insist they can, but teachers aren’t so sure.

The school board voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders’ blueprint for raising low test scores and a 54 percent graduation rate. Rashida Abdulhaqq voted no, saying she thought many of the details remained sketchy.

Sanders’ document lays out building-by-building strategies, including closing or moving 16 schools. The district will shutter 14 elementary schools and two high schools — more than 10 percent of its facilities — after classes end in June.

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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