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The Cleveland schools have picked up another $2 million to launch an academic “transformation” plan, but the district says it still needs many times that amount for takeoff.

The Cleveland Foundation made the award Tuesday, adding to $750,000 that it pledged late last year. The money will go for start-up expenses, including curriculum packages, academic “coaches,” teacher training and technology.

The George Gund Foundation agreed last month to contribute $2.5 million, with another $4 million to come if the plan makes satisfactory progress. But the money from the foundations is only a fraction of $72 million that schools chief Eugene Sanders has said is required.

Sanders would spread the expenses over three years. He hopes to raise $24 million for the 2010-11 school year, nearly half of it before classes begin.

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Article courtesy cleveland.com