Cleveland Metropolitan School District Human Ware Audit: Findings and Recommendations
Children and youth require safe and supportive schools and communities if they are to succeed in school and thrive. These needs are particularly great for children who struggle with the impacts of chronic poverty, lead poisoning and lead effect, community and media violence, drugs and alcohol, trauma and loss. There are many such students in Cleveland, and our research suggests that many of them attend schools that do not sufficiently address their needs.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (the District) and the mayor of Cleveland asked the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an independent gaps analysis and to make recommendations regarding what can be done in Cleveland’s schools and by its mental health and other community agencies to improve the connectedness that students have to school, as well as their mental wellness and safety. AIR was asked to focus primarily on the District’s schools, but to also examine and make recommendations regarding what is being done and what could be done in the community to improve connectedness and enhance mental wellness and safety. At AIR’s request, and with the permission of the mayor, the District’s chief executive officer (CEO) and Cuyahoga County leadership, AIR extended this analysis to relevant county activities.