03.22.05 City Club: Barbara Byrd-Bennett; State of the Cleveland Schools

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/16/2005 - 20:17.
03/22/2005 - 11:00

State of the Cleveland

Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s
Annual Address at The City Club of Cleveland


CLEVELAND, OH—Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the
Cleveland Municipal School
District, will give her annual State of the
Cleveland Schools Address at noon on Tuesday, March 22,
, at The City Club of


While the Mayor and civic leaders
deal with the immense challenges of adequate funding—the district projects a
$24.5 million deficit next school year—each day more than 70,000 children show
up at Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s doorstep wanting to learn and needing the skills
gained from a solid education. Barbara Byrd-Bennett will address the challenges
facing the Cleveland schools following the failure of
residents to pass a school levy last November.


Barbara Byrd-Bennett is an
experienced teacher, supervisor, administrator and researcher of urban
education. Educated in the Harlem public school system, Byrd-Bennett
worked with special education populations and diverse ethnic and linguistic
groups throughout her career as a teacher, administrator and superintendent in
the New
York public school system.  


“Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s single goal
for the Cleveland Municipal School
District is success for each child in each
school in each classroom,� says James Foster, executive director of The City
Club. “We are fortunate to have this opportunity to hear how she strives to
achieve this goal in the face of financial challenges.�


The State of the Cleveland Schools
Address is sponsored by National


Tickets for this City Club Special
Forum are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included.
Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. They can be purchased by
calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at


Established in 1912 to encourage new
ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club of Cleveland is the oldest
continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of
debate and discussion. The City Club’s mission is to inform, educate and inspire
citizens by presenting significant ideas and providing opportunities for
dialogue in a collegial setting.



Missy S. Toms
Director of Membership & Marketing
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Fl.
Cleveland, OH 44114
mtoms [at] cityclub [dot] org


City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor