• Ohio Senate Budget Proposal to Negatively Impact Cincinnati Public Schools’ 36,000 Students

    Posted by Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 6/9/2023

    For Immediate Release: June 9, 2023

    Cincinnati, Ohio (June 9, 2023) – Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Superintendent and CEO Iranetta Rayborn Wright is urging the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to reconsider or amend the recommended changes to Ohio House Bill 33 (HB 33) which significantly reduces revenue projections for CPS and many other districts across Ohio. Based on the initial Ohio House Budget Proposal, CPS has been diligently preparing a balanced budget to meet the quality of education expected by families to support students. Many of the compromises that demonstrated bipartisanship in the original Ohio House Bill 33 have been changed, and most notably, changing the funding formula. These changes not only pose a significant revenue reduction based on forecasts, but force school districts to quickly rework their budgets, update plans and consider programming changes before school begins in August. 

    While the Senate is proposing to maintain FY2022 base levels, they recommend the elimination of the supplemental targeted assistance, which is provided to districts that fall below a certain wealth threshold. The changes to the index calculation will cause a substantial, negative impact to not only CPS revenue, but for most urban, rural and suburban school districts across the state. In essence, CPS is asking the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to return the median income calculation to the former wealth index. 

    “Cincinnati Public Schools has long been committed to fostering excellence in education and ensuring that every student receives an equal opportunity to succeed. HB 33 was a good starting point, but the Senate’s proposed budget changes will ultimately put a greater burden on local taxpayers,” Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent and CEO Iranetta Rayborn Wright said. “Based on the House Bill, we anticipated a projected increase in revenue between $12 and $17 million. The Senate’s current recommendations show a revenue increase of just over $6 million. For decades, school district funding has not kept pace with inflation and cost of living increases. If implemented, these changes would not allow our district, and many others, to optimize and improve programming to raise achievement levels and support our staff as intended.”

    Under the Senate’s budget proposal, CPS projections show the district will receive an estimated $14 million less in revenue, as compared to HB 33. As an example, a reduction of this magnitude is equivalent to staffing approximately 140 teachers. Additionally, the Senate recommends restoring mandatory retention provisions under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that was proposed to be eliminated in the House version. As Ohio, and many other school districts committed to the Science of Reading, the Senate's proposed reductions in revenue and changing the formula will not be advantageous to add programming and intervention support in the classrooms. 

    Another area of concern is the removal of the comprehensive cost study for economically disadvantaged students. For urban school districts like CPS, understanding how services and resources cause inequities that increase racial disparities is necessary to improve whole child services and raise student performance. Ohio’s largest school districts need the funding for a comprehensive cost study for economically disadvantaged students intact for the coming school year. 

    Superintendent Wright added, “I am encouraging other Ohio superintendents to share their concerns with their senators. Our collective recommendations should begin with aligning the funding calculation to the original house bill that was designed to support the majority of Ohio’s students. I am also asking local constituents to contact their legislators to convey their concerns about the consequences of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee’s recommended changes to HB 33.”

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    About Cincinnati Public Schools

    The Cincinnati City School District, also known as Cincinnati Public Schools, serves about 36,000 students in over 65 schools spread across southwest Ohio. CPS is Greater Cincinnati's largest, and Ohio's second largest school district. CPS offers families high-quality educational choices and a variety of academic programs. With a focus on Academics, Behavior and Culture, CPS is committed to developing the whole child, ensuring students thrive and graduate prepared to enroll in college, enlist in the military or become gainfully employed. For more information, visit www.cps-k12.org 

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  • CPS Closed on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 due to snow

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 1/24/2023

    Good afternoon CPS Families and Staff,

    As you may be aware, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Greater Cincinnati area from Midnight tonight to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. The NWS estimates four to six inches of heavy, wet snow. With this accumulation, travel could be very difficult and possibly dangerous tomorrow, and plowing our parking lots and sidewalks will be difficult based on the timing of the storm. Student and staff safety is our top priority at Cincinnati Public Schools.

    I have reviewed all information available in partnership with the City of Cincinnati. Due to the risk of inclement weather and hazardous travel, Cincinnati Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25, 2023. All in-person school-based activities, athletic events and district office meetings will be canceled as well. 

    We anticipate school will be in session on Thursday and will plan to send updates to families and staff should additional closure become necessary. Please visit our website and social media pages for additional information. 

    For more information on CPS’ severe weather procedures, please visit https://www.cps-k12.org/severeweather

    While we don’t wish to cancel a school day, it is my hope that our students and staff will remain safe at home.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
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  • Superintendent Wright's Message about the successful passing of Issue 3 - CPS 10 Year Levy Renewal

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 11/10/2022

    Dear CPS Staff, Colleagues and Supporters,

    I was thrilled to see Cincinnati’s voters show up, heavily support and pass Cincinnati Public Schools’ ten-year levy renewal. Tax payers have recognized our commitment to preparing students for life and this levy renewal will provide $51.5 million per year to CPS, which is crucial to supporting students and staff.  

    We are grateful to our district’s voters who, once again, voted to support Cincinnati Public Schools and our priorities that fall under Academics, Behavior and Culture. Since my arrival at CPS, the community’s commitment to supporting academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness of our students has been impressive and much appreciated. The ten-year renewal of this $51.5 million levy will support our key priorities under our three E’s- Enrollment, Employment and Enlistment.

    These priorities provide expanded choices and opportunities for our students and families, support our students’ pursuit of post-graduation pathways in college, military or career, and ensure that our district is a destination for all Cincinnati families.

    It is also an acknowledgment that the voters of this district believe that CPS is headed in the right direction. Every day, our nearly 6,000 staff support a culture of excellence in all our schools and departments.

    As we continue the journey forward with a focus on preparing our students for life, I know through the support of our school board, every staff member and each stakeholder,  we will embody the #IamCPS spirit of getting back to the basics.

    With midterms, end-of-course exams, and the holiday season ahead in November and December, we hope the spirit of renewal and the support of our community inspires you to realize our ambitious goals on behalf of our students.

    Thank you for all you do on behalf of every CPS student, their families and our staff.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO

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  • Swatting - Distribution and Sharing of False Threats Are Disturbing Learning Environments

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 11/10/2022

    Good afternoon CPS Families and Staff,

    We are receiving multiple threats towards our schools that are not credible and deemed to be copy-cat. Students and staff are sharing and receiving via text messages, air drops and direct messages from social media platforms.  We, the district, school leadership and law enforcement, take every threat seriously. To ensure our learning environment remains safe, we determine the level of severity and credibility and follow up with a full investigation.  False threats, also known as swatting, may be delivered by calling 911, sharing on social media or distributing multiple texts. Swatting appears to be done to  spread fear among school communities and/or disrupt learning environments. Simply put, some students are looking for a day off from school. 

    Real or false, verbal or electronic, all threats are treated the same.  Our safety protocols begin with securing our building to protect students and staff while immediately removing and/or isolating potential persons who may have issued the threat. Other steps include limiting movement in the building, checking bags, lockers and personal belongings for weapons, and making home visits by the police. A lot of time and effort go into securing our school and finding those who create and distribute threats.
     
    As a result, CPS has issued suspension and expulsion discipline to students who have made threats per the Student Code of Conduct. In the past week, two students were arrested and now face criminal charges and potential fines to their families. Please also note when it comes to making threats electronically, law enforcement has significant digital tools to investigate where threats originate by geographic location, devices used and monitoring applications and accounts. Creating fake social media accounts or obtaining a fake phone number to send threats via text will not likely keep law enforcement from locating persons who issue threats.

    Please speak with your child about the severity of making any threats to any school community. If a threat is made verbally or written, our team will respond immediately. 
     
    If you become aware of a potentially dangerous situation or threat, please do not share it on social media. Please report this information to the school officials and/or CPD immediately. 
     
    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools 

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  • Staff Response to Princeton High School Active Shooter Hoax - 9/23/22

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 9/23/2022
    Dear CPS Family,

    As many of you have heard, this morning at approximately 10 a.m., Princeton High School was put on lockdown when a 911 call was made advising of an active shooter threat. The Sharonville Police Department confirmed the call was a hoax. In addition to the Princeton incident, two other area schools have received similar prank calls.

    While we are thankful the report was not true, I recognize that many of our staff members have friends and family in Princeton City Schools and may have been impacted by the prank in different ways. Sharonville Police Department has indicated that all students at Princeton High School are being sent home. If you are directly impacted by this event, please work with your supervisor to take the time you need.

    Many times, students and community members respond to these incidents with copy-cat hoaxes. Please be vigilant and inform school leadership and law enforcement to investigate any and all threats.

    Our hearts are with the students and staff at Princeton schools as they deal with this situation.
     
    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools 
    2651 Burnet Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45219
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  • Transportation Update - 8/31/22

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communications on 8/31/2022

    Good evening CPS Families,

    We are sending you a transportation update and survey as your feedback is extremely important to improving services. We understand some of our families are still experiencing transportation issues, mostly in grades 7 and 8 at specific schools with yellow bus services. These issues exist because we need more buses to serve grades 7 and 8, and there is a national shortage of buses and drivers, causing our bus contractors to stack routes. In addition, rerouting of all students occurred last spring to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Together, lack of buses and route updates are the primary issues causing delays and frustration for some of our families. Our transportation team and bus contractors are working together to resolve route issues and update stop locations; however, some students are still experiencing unusually long routes and an increased number of stops delaying students’ arrival and departure. We are updating tardy procedures for students who are late due to bus delays. If your student is marked tardy or absent, please contact your child’s school. Also, as an alternative, students in grades 7 and 8 may switch to using Metro for their bus services. CPS and its bus contractors anticipate improvements will continue to occur as we add buses and remove stops for students who do not require yellow bus service. Please continue to check your student’s PowerSchool online account for updated route and bus number information. For students in grades 9 through 12, all Metro bus passes have been delivered to your child’s school. If you are experiencing an issue, please contact your child’s school directly for assistance. 

    K-8 Survey

    Please complete our survey to indicate if you need to continue or discontinue yellow bus service. If you have a child enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who does not require yellow bus service, please choose 1. If you have more than one child and need different options for yellow bus services, please choose 2. If you would like to continue yellow bus service, choose 3. If you would like to discontinue yellow bus service, choose 4

    9-12 Survey

    In order to better understand how our students are arriving to and from school and to improve services, please stay on the line to take our survey. Please indicate the primary method as to how your child gets to and from school. If you have more than one child and require multiple options to transport all of your children, Press 1. For walk, press 2, for bike, press 3, for car rider or driver, press 4 for Metro Bus, press 5.

    Yours in service,
     
    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent & CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools
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  • Opening of Schools & Transportation Update - 8/23/22

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communications on 8/23/2022
    Good evening CPS Families, Students and Staff,
     
    The opening of schools is a special time for our community, and as I enter my 30th year in education, seeing smiling faces and hearing students and staff engaged on the first day, filled my heart with joy.  As families get back into the daily groove of school, I want to take this opportunity to share and celebrate our early successes, discuss challenges, and make sure we have solutions in place.
     
    In early spring, we changed the bus routes to be more efficient, and as a result, this has caused some families to walk a greater distance to their bus stop. We are continuing to review the change in routes and make updates as needed. Our focus will remain getting students to school and home safely. We also transitioned yellow buses to serve grades 7 and 8, and refined our partnership with Metro to improve route options and limit transfers. So far, Metro service has been much better. However, we are aware some of our families are experiencing transportation issues, in particular in grades 7 and 8.  We are troubleshooting, streamlining, optimizing routes on a daily basis to be more efficient, and automating requests to better serve our families at a reasonable time.  For buses arriving late, our bus contractors have been instructed to inform all families by robocall. If you are not receiving a call for a late bus, please contact your child’s school to ensure your contact information is correct. In addition, any student in grades 7 and 8 can now choose to ride Metro instead of using the yellow bus service. Requests for reassignment may be made online. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit cps-k12.org/transportation or call us at 513-363-7433 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or email cpstrans@cps-k12.org. Overall, we are seeing yellow bus service performance improve every day, but I won’t be satisfied until our buses run safely and on-time.
     
    When I think about what’s next, I think about all the possibilities for the students of Cincinnati Public Schools. You are the reason that we are present every day. We just launched our Be Present initiative, a call out to students, staff, and the entire community to join us from students being in school every day ready to learn to our community volunteering or providing mentorship. Visit our website and take the Be Present pledge.  We appreciate your cooperation and support as we prepare students for life.
     
    Yours in service,
     
    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent & CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools
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