Cincinnati Public Schools

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Cincinnati Public Schools will have a new levy on the ballot this fall. Board members gave final approval to ballot language Tuesday for a five-year, 7.93 mill levy which would raise about $48 million a year and cost $277.55 per $100,000 of home value.

The Cincinnati Public School board has voted to begin discussions with a charter school company called Phalen Leadership Academies. An agreement could lead to a new school.

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Cincinnati Public Schools is rolling out new focus areas for seven of its neighborhood schools in the 2016-2017 school year.

The curriculum adjustments are part of the district's Vision 2020 plan.

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Cincinnati Board of Education has adopted a district-wide equity policy.

The move takes a value and turns it into a policy, according to district spokesperson Janet Walsh.

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During a Tuesday meeting, members of a Preschool Promise committee will discuss some of the specifics on how to fund a Cincinnati preschool expansion program. The group wants to assure that every child in the community has access to two years of excellent preschool.

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Before the end of the 2015-2016 school year the board for Cincinnati Public Schools is expected to finalize the way parents sign their kids up for magnet and neighborhood schools.

According to district spokeswoman Janet Walsh, "There does seem to be a very clear consensus to continue the online lottery. That seems to be working well in the board's opinion. As a matter of fact, that was the result of the weeks of engagement that we had after the policy was implemented."

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Academic and social pressures can make  junior high and high school a tough time for teenagers. And during those formative years, teens are also going through physical, mental and emotional changes. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five adolescents ages 13-18 have or will develop a serious mental illness such as depression.

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Being a teenage girl isn'’t always easy; with concerns about appearance, often driven by the media, it can be difficult for young women to feel in-tune with themselves. Founded more than a decade ago in 2005, the True Body Project empowers girls to connect to their bodies and develop authentic voices — to be their true selves.

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Ohio's Education Department has released report cards for the state's school districts; and only six districts received an A for performance, down from 37 last year. 

Cincinnati Public Schools received a D for performance, a C for K-3rd grade literacy, and an F for graduation rate.

More than half of Ohio’s public school districts received a C grade in the performance category.  

A local mentoring program is expanding to include college students. 

Cincinnati Public Schools already works with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative to get help for students in high school.  Soon, students who go off to college will be able to access guidance as well.

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