Cincinnati schools a model for other cities

CINCINNATI (AP) — When a steady stream of out-of-town teachers, school leaders, nonprofits and education groups began visiting Cincinnati two years ago, they weren't going for the chili or the sports teams.

They were going to visit schools. Specifically, a network of Cincinnati Public Schools known as community learning centers.

The schools — 34 so far — have full-service health clinics, mental-health counselors, tutoring and after-school programs for everything from ballroom dancing to construction classes.

The services, available to students and their families, are aimed at improving academic achievement in the poorest, lowest-achieving schools.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/WPvMij) that the city's model has gotten attention from as far away as Hawaii and Australia. Now the nearly 1 million-student New York City school district is piloting their own program based primarily on what they saw in Cincinnati.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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