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.
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.
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.
For many Tri-State students today was the first day of school.
Thirty-three thousand kids in the Cincinnati Public School District returned to class. Highlights include four new or renovated buildings. Western Hills High School is now a 7-12 school. Next year CPS will convert all its high schools to the 7-12 model.
Here are some pictures of kids in the Forest Hills School District, Anderson Township. Please post your first day pictures on the WVXU Facebook page.