Key Aspect of Cleveland’s Say Yes University Program in Danger: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022

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More than 1,300 graduates of Cleveland schools have enrolled in college or vocational training programs through Say Yes to Education. It’s a remarkable program, which sends students from Cleveland families to college for free.

But school fees are only part of what is needed to help children. The less flashy side begins with children as young as kindergarten, helping families find safe housing, medical care, or nutritious food.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon underscored the importance of this aid during his recent State of the Schools Address – and now its funding is being cut.

-Laura

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Say yes: A central pillar of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Say Yes to Education program is in jeopardy after an unexpected funding shortfall pays family support specialists for K-12 students through a public partnership with CMSD, their charter schools and Cuyahoga County. Kaitlin Durbin reports the county planned to pay $9.2 million to pay specialist salaries and benefits through July 2023, but that included more federal reimbursement for foster children.

county jail: Cuyahoga County needs to build a new jail, council members agreed Tuesday, but will wait until the next executive is elected to finalize plans. Kaitlin Durbin reports that the decision suspends all discussions – and pending votes – regarding plans to purchase 2700 Transport Road as the potential future home of the new prison, extending the quarter percent sales tax to pay building a new jail and potentially a new county courthouse, preparing to issue bonds, and creating a Justice Center Capital Projects Fund to store sales tax revenue.

Today in Ohio: While Republicans in Ohio have rolled back the state’s gun control laws, a majority of Ohioans across the political spectrum support increased gun regulation in the state. We’re talking about a Baldwin Wallace University poll on civil liberties on Today in Ohio, cleveland.comhalf-hour daily news podcast.

U.S. Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Bowling Green, is facing a re-election challenge from Upper Sandusky Democrat Craig Swartz. (Associated Press and Craig Swartz campaign photos)

Race to Congress: Lorain County will have a new representative in Congress next year after the state’s redistricting plan changes district boundaries, reports Sabrina Eaton. U.S. Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Bowling Green who has represented the northwest corner of Ohio since 2007, is ahead of new voters, facing Democrat Craig Swartz, a former Upper Sandusky councilman and realtor who is chairman of the Wyandot Democratic Party.

Ryan Vance debate: Monday’s U.S. Senate debate between Tim Ryan and JD Vance offered voters plenty of food as they ponder who to back in the Nov. 8 election to replace incumbent Senator Rob Portman. Andrew Tobias offers six takeaways from the debate.

Divorce Mandel: The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an Ashland County judge wrongly ordered to seal the divorce papers of former U.S. Senate candidate and former state treasurer Josh Mandel and his estranged ex. wife Ilana, reports Jeremy Pelzer. In an unsigned notice, the state High Court ordered Ashland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ronald Forstoefel to review divorce records to determine which records are public.

Trial in prison: Cuyahoga County has settled a $115,000 lawsuit with a former inmate who accused officers of assaulting him after he demanded an extra carton of milk. Adam Ferrise reports that officers kicked and punched Michael Roarty-Nugent, pepper sprayed his face as they held him down, and then threatened to ‘finish the job’ in the middle of the night.

KEY East: The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King’s bid to halt a Nov. 8 recall election. King and the city’s chief legal officer, Willa Hemmons, had sought to halt the election, citing the fact that a filing with the petitions to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections exceeded the 200-word limit.

gardening season: What do Browns fans and gardening have in common? There’s always next year. Susan Brownstein reflects on observations from the vegetable garden from the last growing season.

Downtown Cleveland at night

Greater Cleveland drew 16.1 million visitors in 2021, up 17% from 2020 numbers but still down substantially from Cleveland’s record 19.6 million visitors in 2019.

Tourism: Greater Cleveland continues to rebound from the dramatic downturn in tourism caused by the pandemic, attracting 16.1 million visitors in 2021. Susan Glaser reports that this is a 17% increase over 2020 figures, but still in substantial drop from the record 19.6 million visitors who came to Cleveland in 2019.

Honda factory: Honda and state officials on Tuesday unveiled a multibillion-dollar plan to build a new electric vehicle battery plant and retool the automaker’s existing plants in Ohio. Jeremy Pelzer reports that the proposed expansion includes a new electric vehicle battery plant in Fayette County, about 40 miles southwest of Columbus, and is expected to create 2,200 new jobs with an overall investment of 3.5 billions of dollars.

Vacancy rate: Two new reports assessing the use of downtown Cleveland’s office space note a drop in vacancy rates, but say this is partly due to the conversion of office space to residential space. Megan Sims reports that Jones Lang LaSalle shows vacancies fell from 14.9% in March 2020 to 14.6% at the end of September this year. Newmark is showing a drop in vacancy rate from 19% at the end of September last year to 18.5% this year.

milk bank: For premature and fragile newborns, breast milk can be a lifesaver. Yet there are only 21 breast milk collection sites in Ohio and only two in Cuyahoga County. Julie Washington reports that the latest is the Neighborhood Family Practice Health Center, which saw early success when it received 5 gallons of donated breast milk within days of opening in August.

jayland walker: Eight Akron police officers placed on administrative leave in late June after the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker have returned to their duties in administrative roles, reports Cliff Pinckard. Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said officers will not be patrolling the city but will “provide inside support in non-uniform roles until the investigation (into the shooting) is complete” . Lawyers Ken Abbarno and Bobby DiCello, who represent Walker’s family, released a statement Tuesday evening criticizing the officers’ return to work.

Fentanyl: A crackdown by federal prosecutors and the US Drug Enforcement Administration led to the seizure of enough fentanyl to provide 4,766,788 lethal doses in northern Ohio. Alexis Oatman reports that the operation lasted almost four months as part of the national “One Pill Can Kill” initiative.

To plead guilty: A longtime Gates Mills neurosurgeon admitted on Tuesday to receiving kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing drugs to people who did not need them, reports Adam Ferrise. Bhupinder Sawhny, 73, wrote prescriptions for the drug Nuedexta in return for lavish dinners and other kickbacks from officials at Avanir Pharmaceuticals.

County lawsuit: Cuyahoga County has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a one-year-old girl who choked on a piece of paper after being placed in foster care, reports Cory Shaffer.

Megan Forshey - Oscar Gonzalez home run

Megan Forshey caught the game-winning home run from Oscar Gonzalez at Progressive Field on October 8, 2022.

Homer: Oscar Gonzalez’s home run on Saturday is a fond memory that will not be forgotten by Cleveland fans, especially 16-year-old Megan Forshey of Westlake, who caught the ball. Marc Bona reports that it was Forshey’s first time catching a home run, but she caught several outfielders after the inning warmup.

super excited: What a year for the Guardians! John Pana has created a buzz video as Cleveland take on the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series.

disney on ice: The annual Disney on Ice skating extravaganza returns to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in early 2023 for a week-long engagement from January 6-15. Joey Morona reports that the program will primarily focus on “Encanto” and “Frozen,” but will also feature cameos by fan favorites.

Best Mexican: The north coast has many restaurants specializing in the varied cuisines of the many regions of Mexico. To help you find a new favorite, Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriguez consulted our partner Stacker, who compiled a list of the 12 best Mexican restaurants in Greater Cleveland.

Capitol Centenary: The historic Capitol Theater was closed for 17 months during the COVID-19 pandemic and has barely reopened, reports Joey Morona. But members of the theater’s Gordon Square Arts District community raised funds and now the theater will celebrate its 100th anniversary with its Capitol Centennial Celebration on October 22.

Thanks for joining us this week in our revamped Wake Up format. We appreciate the feedback you provided on our new look. Don’t forget you can always find the latest Cleveland news by visiting cleveland.com. If you appreciate the hard work of Cleveland journalists, consider subscribing to cleveland.com.

— Organized by Laura Johnston with contributions from Cliff Pinckard

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