Max Hayes curriculum to be revised to match trade union requirements

(Plain Press, July 2004) At the June 15 th Board of Education Meeting at the Board Administration in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland School Board Vice Chair Grady P. Burrows asked what the Cleveland Municipal School District was doing to assure that Cleveland students would receive employment opportunities as a result of the $1.2 billion project to restore and rebuild Cleveland schools.

Responding for the administration, Nicholas Jackson said that Max Hayes High School is working with representatives of the building trades union to modify the curriculum to match building trade union requirements. He said a program is being developed so Max Hayes students can receive credit toward a union journeyman card.

The announcement by Jackson is good news for community activists Don and Norma Freeman, who have repeatedly petitioned the board, administration and the bond accountability committee to pursue such an effort. The Plain Press reported on the Freeman’s efforts and the response of the building trades unions in its April and May issues.

The Freemans hope that the CMSD construction contracts can be used as leverage to open the doors of opportunity to quality union jobs for Cleveland Municipal School District students. Max Hayes is the only school in the Cleveland Municipal School District that teaches the construction trades.


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