(Cleveland) - Most students returned to classes today in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. CEO Eric Gordon said there were no major glitches, just a few late school buses but that was to be expected.

Gordon told Newsradio WTAM 1100 that attendance is up, and students appear to be excited about the new semester.

While the bulk of students returned today, some actually started on Monday, and other return next week.

School started a bit earlier this year, and Gordon explained that it is to give students more time to prepare for state required tests, and TO wrap up the school year before Memorial Day. They also want high school pupils to end their first semester before winter break.

Eric Gordon

Gordon said they've made some new changes this year, giving principals and teachers the ability to hire staff and make their own budget decisions.

There are also free RTA rides for high school students who live a half mile or more from their assigned buildings.

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