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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.

The proposed 497-million dollar budget relies heavily on passage of the renewal levy this fall. That 10.26 mill levy brings in 25% of the budget.

Monday at 6:00 p.m. Treasurer Diana Whitt will give the specifics at a public hearing. Spokeswoman Janet Walsh says the district is moving toward each student having his or her own portable computer.

Walsh says, "We've actually piloted bring your own devices, so it will vary from school to school but the overall goal is to ensure every student has access to their own device."

The goal is to personalize learning:

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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.

CPRE.org

The GE Foundation now has statistical proof its funding is helping students at CPS and three other districts improve their math scores. It hired CPRE.org to analyze data from Cincinnati and three other districts including:

  • Jefferson County, KY
  • Erie, PA
  • Stamford, CT

Pennsylvania researcher Dr. Phillip Sirinides of CPRE.org studied the data.

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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.

Sarah Ramsey WVXU

The Cincinnati Public School District says it will not lose millions of dollars after violating, what it calls a business rule, in a state scrubbing investigation.

At a news conference CPS called the accusations a misinterpretation of the constantly changing requirements from the Ohio Department of Education. To make their point, school officials displayed a binder containing 500 pages on how to report attendance data. Teachers Union President Julie Sellers pointed out an omission from the ODE on its own website.

Sarah Ramsey WVXU

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.

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.

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