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Mayor Jackson says City Council, Black state legislators knew of his and Kasich's merit pay, charter schools plan, activists protest against it

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com News.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) CLEVELAND,Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said through a spokesperson yesterday that Black state legislators representing Cleveland and Cleveland City Council members that have said he crafted his controversial Cleveland schools educational plan unleashed last week that calls for a teacher merit pay system and more charter schools without their knowledge are being disingenuous, at best. "He would never release something like this without speaking to the appropriate people," said Andrea Taylor, Jackson's press secretary. "They were aware of the proposal before it was made public." And Taylor said that nothing in the plan suggest that teacher tenure will be touched or that seniority would be eliminated, a posture that Cleveland Teachers U