Cincinnati Public School District

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In a crowded cafeteria at Shroder High School in Madisonville students line up at a vending machine where they can get a "grab and go" breakfast. Others are in line for a hot burrito and a piece of fruit.

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During a kindergarten math class at Roselawn Condon School,  teachers throw around terms like schematic, fulcrum, balanced and unbalanced.

The Ohio Department of Education is taking additional steps in the data-scrubbing case involving Cincinnati Public Schools and six other districts around Ohio.  The department announced Monday it will re-run Ohio Report Card information on the seven districts, which also include Winton Woods, and is referring the matter to its Office of Professional Conduct.

Auditor Dave Yost investigated the districts last year as he looked into scrubbing, or removing poor-performing students from the rolls to improve performance rankings.  

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Faced with an estimated $14.8 million dollar budget gap,  the Cincinnati school district is asking the public for ideas on reducing costs and raising revenue.  Superintendent Mary Ronan says the general fund budget for next school year totals $474 million.  Now the challenge is to balance the spending plan by the end of next month as required by law. 

Ronan says the shortfall is because of state funding.

"We believe we are now back up to what we were getting in 2007," she said.  "The last several years we saw significant cuts from the state."

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New policy

In order to comply with state rules, Cincinnati Public Schools says it has changed the way it reports when a student transfers from one school in the district to another. Instead of  withdrawing the student from one school and waiting for him or her to enroll at another, the district will now enroll the student immediately in the new school and the new school will have the responsibility to make sure the student shows up.

When the brand new Aiken High School opens this fall, students will be introduced to personalized learning. Part of the plan is a Carpe Diem charter school inside Aiken, the first one Cincinnati Public Schools has sponsored. There's a similar program in Indianapolis, and Ann Thompson went there to take a look and provide this report.

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Business and Community leaders are coming together to launch a city-wide initiative to get more - if not all- kids in pre-school.

Studies show children who attend pre-school do better in school and in life. Advocates point out nearly 90 percent of a child's brain is developed before age five but kids typically enter kindergarten at age six.

The Cincinnati Preschool Promise aims to be a public/private partnership.

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It's unusual for a public school district to partner with a charter school, but that will happen this fall when Carpe Diem opens inside the new Aiken High School in College Hill. It is one of two schools at Aiken. The other is New-Tech, focused on project-based learning.

Report finds school districts scrubbed data

Feb 11, 2013
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A new audit released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has identified more cases of school districts that are believed to have scrubbed data on state reports.

Four new school districts are identified in this audit: Canton City Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, Northridge Local Schools, and Winton Woods City Schools.  Those districts, along with five previously named: Campbell, Cleveland, Marion, Toledo and Columbus, are thought to have fudged data to look better on state reports. 

Zoo Academy

Feb 6, 2013

While visiting the Cincinnati Zoo this year, I struck up a conversation with a few of the young people working at the zoo and was amazed to find out that they were both graduates of Zoo Academya school inside the zoo

Started in 1975, Zoo Academy is part of the Cincinnati Public School District and its part-time, vocational program became a four-year, college preparatory magnet school in 1995.

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Cincinnati Public Schools is piloting an after-school program featuring the arts.  These high energy sessions can't help but keep the kids attention.

This is just the warm-up for the one-hour arts program at Hughes Center. After school, four days a week with alternating artists, kids get to experience something they may not have. On this day it's the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and actress Jesse Wray Goodman.

The Cincinnati School District is getting high marks for its safety and security.

Every year CPS Director of School Services Bill Moehring gives the school board an overview of the security measures in place. After the violence in Newtown, Connecticut there was renewed interest.

As part of WVXU’s continuing American Graduate project, working to find answers to the drop out epidemic in America’s high schools, Mark Perzel talks with Jennifer Bellin who, in a volunteer effort, directs the Oyler School’s Steps for Success program that focuses on providing mentors, unique experiences and skills to aid economically disadvantaged high school seniors into making a successful transition into postsecondary s

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Ohio academic data is now out after being delayed by a student-attendance investigation. Cincinnati dropped a category from Effective to Continuous Improvement. Superintendent Mary Ronan has a plan to improve the district's academic report card.

"We really would have liked to have stayed effective but in order to do this our performance index or final grade would have to be 90 and it was 88.5."

Ronan says the district's focus is now firmly on implementing new and more rigorous academic standards.

For many Tri-State students today was the first day of school.

Thirty-three thousand kids in the Cincinnati Public School District returned to class. Highlights include four new or renovated buildings.  Western Hills High School is now a 7-12 school. Next year CPS will convert all its high schools to the 7-12 model.

Here are some pictures of kids in the Forest Hills School District, Anderson Township. Please post your first day  pictures on the WVXU Facebook page.

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