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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.

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.

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.

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

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  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.

The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers and the Cincinnati Federation of Office Professionals have ratified new contracts with Cincinnati Public Schools.  CFT passed its agreement with 95 percent of the votes and CFOP approved its contract  with 97 percent of the votes. 

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Cincinnati Public School teachers will get their first across-the-board raise in six years, if they okay a new 3-year contract hammered out by negotiating teams for the Cincinnati Board of Education and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.

The District says the proposed 4 percent salary increase, retroactive to January 1, 2014 and a 2 percent increase for 2015, contingent on stable local funding, will make it easier to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.

Other provisions of the proposed contract include:

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Tuesday the Ohio Department of Education issued new report cards for the six school districts accused of scrubbing data, including Cincinnati and Winton Woods, whose ratings remained the same.

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The national Coalition for Community Schools is holding its National Forum in Cincinnati next month.

Cincinnati Public Schools Board President Eve Bolton says the city was chosen because of the success of the district's community learning centers.

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Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati are joining forces. A new initiative called ACES -  Alliance for Community and Educational Success - aims to find ways the two can collaborate to improve schools and communities.

School district report cards are out from the state and they aren't very complimentary.

Cincinnati Public earned two C's, one D and six F's. CPS isn't alone. Superintendent Mary Ronan says scores are down statewide as everyone transitions to a whole new grading system.

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Cincinnati Public School students head back to class next week. Today Superintendent Mary Ronan opened the year with the annual State of the Schools address.

Ronan says the district will fully implement the new Common Core standards.

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