While browsing around the Web, I found an interesting publication called Education Next. In the archives was an article about the Cleveland schools. It goes into detail about the period of state takeover, concluding that:
By 2000, Cleveland’s central administrators had recovered from the state takeover of 1995, dismantled decentralization, and silenced the political calls for democratic participation. The Cleveland story illustrates why school-based management has failed in district after district.