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Budget concerns could lead to staff reductions in Cincinnati Public Schools.

COVID-19 has cost the district more than $42 million to date. Now facing a massive budget gap, Treasurer Jennifer Wagner said they may have to reduce their budget by $38 million.

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The state graduation rate for Cincinnati's public high schools has gone up nearly 20% in the last decade. However, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School's rate has dropped more than 16%.

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Despite rising COVID-19 numbers, public schools in Cincinnati are set to reopen in-person next week. For parents who want a remote option for their kids, a program is already in place.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will begin phasing students back to in-person learning on Oct. 12.

Students were originally set to start phasing in this week. However, the delay was brought on due to Hamilton County reaching Level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

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Schools across Cincinnati Public were preparing to welcome back students on Monday. But now, COVID-19 has put a halt to those plans.

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As schools transition back to in-person learning in Cincinnati, one school won't be able to.

Walnut Hills High School won't be returning to in-person classes next week for two reasons: high enrollment and small classrooms.

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A petition is asking for kids in Cincinnati to be able to remain in their schools for remote learning.

The petition says CPS students have to transfer to the Cincinnati Digital Academy if they want to continue to learn remotely. Jennifer Spring started the petition and said the CDA is not properly staffed for the influx of remote learners.

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Students in the Cincinnati Public Schools district are going back to school in-person. The board of education voted Monday night to move to a blended learning model. Under the 1-2-2 model all students will engage in distance learning on Mondays, then half of the students will go to school in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the other half on Thursday and Friday. In-person classes will resume Oct. 5.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will transition to a blended learning model starting Oct. 5.

Under a 1-2-2 model, all students will take part in distance learning on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a group of students will attend classes, followed by a separate group on Thursdays and Fridays.

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During a City Council meeting Tuesday, the City Manager's Office said it wants to partner up with Cincinnati Public Schools in order to promote the Safe and Healthy Schools Program. The program allows for temporary school facilities to operate around the city in order to provide safe in-person instruction. However, Assistant City Manager John Juech said they haven’t heard back from CPS.

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education did not vote on a return to school plan Monday evening, despite a nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long meeting.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has cost Cincinnati Public Schools $35 million to date according to CPS’s CFO and treasurer.

Jennifer Wagner said one of the biggest challenges the district is facing is reduced revenue from the state. She said it’s taking a lot of time and collaboration to balance a budget with this obstacle.

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Despite the pandemic affecting school systems nationwide last semester, Cincinnati Public Schools is saying nearly the same number of students took AP tests during the spring 2020 semester compared to the spring 2019 semester.

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During a board meeting for Cincinnati Public Schools on Wednesday, a board member brought forth concerns that roughly 5,000 kids may not have the internet access necessary to complete their remote learning classes.

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In response to the state of the nation, Cincinnati Public Schools wants to be the first district in Ohio to adopt what it calls an anti-racism policy, focusing on how racism affects its Black students and staff. The draft policy aims to eliminate all forms of racism from the district.

As the protests against racial injustice began spreading across the nation this summer, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell wanted to give young people the opportunity to share their experience surrounding inequality and empower them to create change.

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Nearly 46,200 public school students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have no internet access at home, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But that number is changing for the better, due in part to the pandemic.

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Updated, Friday, Aug. 13, 10:50 a.m.

During two virtual town halls Monday, parents of Cincinnati Public School students asked questions of school leaders, who last week recommended the district switch from a blended learning back-to-school plan to going fully remote for the first five weeks of the school year.

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The Cincinnati Public School Board on Monday reversed course on its reopening plans for fall. The district will now start the 2020 school year fully remote, instead of with the blended learning model it decided on in late June. 

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Leaders of the Cincinnati Public School district will meet Monday, Aug. 3, to take another look at its blended learning plan for fall as coronavirus cases continue to increase in Hamilton County and the state.

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