CPS seeks input on funding challenge through survey

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Facing a funding gap around $43 million in the next budget, Cincinnati Public Schools has launched a budget survey for parents, staff, and community members.

The survey, which is a newly implemented element of the district's budget development process, allows communities the opportunity to share opinions on what programs they consider most valuable for the children.

"The goal is to ensure that everyone has the chance to participate and share candid feedback," said Superintendent Mary Ronan.

In addition, the survey acts a means for raising awareness about the issues and the previous steps taken to reduce costs.

"Despite being fiscally responsible and making decisions to hold spending flat," said Ronan. "State and federal budget cutbacks, lower property collections and the worst economy since the Great Depression have greatly decreased our revenues."

The survey is open to all Cincinnati residents and is available on the district's website, local schools, CPS Education Center, and any branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. This is just the first step in a series of surveys that research and consulting firm K12 Insight will conducted over the upcoming months.

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