CPS State of the Schools Previews 2016-17 School Year
District Launches Initiative to Improve Neighborhood Schools, Joins with Cincinnati Preschool Promise on Historic Plan to Increase Access to Quality Preschool
Cincinnati Public Schools announced the launch of new programming at seven elementary schools as part of a multiyear commitment to strengthen neighborhood schools and also celebrated a historic preschool expansion partnership at the district’s annual State of the Schools on August 12, 2016.
Superintendent Mary Ronan, who began the State of the Schools tradition nine years ago, noted that a five-year initiative to improve neighborhood schools – Vision 2020: My Tomorrow – was developed in response to the wishes of the district’s stakeholders.
“In surveys and community feedback, the very top priority of our parents, staff and community residents is strengthening neighborhood schools,” Ronan said.
The seven schools with new programming launching August 17: Chase School and Woodford Paideia Academy, Arts and Culture; Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and Westwood School, Student Enterprise; Pleasant Hill Academy, Environmental Science; Hays-Porter School, High Technology; and the Gifted Academy West at Cheviot School.
A video highlighting the schools' new programming debuted at the event.
Ronan and Greg Landsman, with Cincinnati Preschool Promise, also highlighted the historic partnership by which the district and community are coming together to expand access to quality preschool in Cincinnati. Earlier this month, the Cincinnati Board of Education approved a resolution to proceed to place a 5-year levy request on the ballot that would raise $48 million annually — $15 million a year of which would be earmarked to expand preschool in the district and through community providers. Research has demonstrated that an investment in quality preschool yields high returns in educational outcomes, especially for disadvantaged students.
“We have an opportunity as a community to come together in a historic way that will have a lasting impact on our children, our families and our community,” Ronan said.
A theme highlighted by Ronan was the need for the district to ensure equity, access and opportunity for all 35,000 CPS students, no matter what their backgrounds and where they attend school. At the high school level, such strategies are paying off in higher scores on the ACT, greater access to college-level course offerings such as Advanced Placement and a higher graduation rate, she said.
Students in Southwest Ohio’s largest public school system start the new school year on August 17.