CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are giving $10 million to the Breakthrough charter schools to add more schools in the city.
The donation is the largest in the history of the 11-school partnership that is widely considered to be the strongest charter school network in the state.
It’s also among the largest donations ever to any charter school in the nation, said Nina Rees, head of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. Though some schools have received much more over time, the single grant is at or near the top.
With the one donation, Breakthrough is already halfway to its fundraising goal of $20 million to meet its aim of having 20 schools in the city by 2020. The network has 11 schools in the city today and is planning a 12th for the West Side in the fall of 2016.