Cincinnati Public Schools

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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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School alone sometimes isn'’t enough to prepare young people for the dynamic challenges of the workplace. This includes planning for interviews, working in teams, communicating well and handling oneself in diverse environments; the more practical every day skills. Work readiness programs connect students to employers, helping these students plan for future workplace success.

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A spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools says they have not seen a proposal from the local Black Lives Matter movement and could not comment. Janet Walsh says such a proposal may be an opportunity for the district and Cincinnati Police to have a conversation with BLM to “build their understanding” about the partnership between CPS and police.

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the suicide of Emilie Olson, the Fairfield Township teen who shot herself last year. A candlelight vigil will be held at the Community Christian Church on Millikin Rd. in Hamilton. Several news reports noted that bullying was a factor in her suicide.

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Tuesday is the last day parents, administrators and the public can participate in a survey for Cincinnati Public Schools. The district wants guidance on things like the budget, the curriculum and the "Whole Child" and "My Tomorrow" initiatives, according to spokeswoman Janet Walsh.

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The deadline to submit applications for Cincinnati Public Schools' new online magnet school lottery is Sunday.

In August, the district announced it was suspending the camp-out system for a year in favor of a lottery.

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A report out Wednesday on the state of U.S. public schools finds performance is relatively flat. But the study from the University of Washington suggests Cincinnati's public and charter schools are making progress.

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Cincinnati Public Schools is holding a series of informational meetings about its new magnet school lottery system.

This story originally aired on February 24, 2015.

  Thirty-five highly respected educators from the United States and Canada have been selected as this year'’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The Fellows will take expeditions to locations such as Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica, for hands-on experience, professional development, and what most would say, a trip of a lifetime.

The Strive Partnership recently released its sixth annual report on the state of schools in our urban core, which looks at Cincinnati Public Schools and the Newport and Covington school districts.

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