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.
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."
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 oneCincinnati Public Schoolshas sponsored. There's a similar program in Indianapolis, and Ann Thompson went there to take a look and provide this report.
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.