Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Full Story >
The White House says White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was first informed about an audit of the IRS' inappropriate targeting of conservative groups on April 24 and that she notified senior staff, including...Full Story >
The White House says White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was first informed about an audit of the IRS' inappropriate targeting of conservative groups on April 24 and that she notified senior staff, including Denis...Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:33:19 GMT
A man is accused of stalking the Flying Pig Marathon's Executive Director, and then bringing a concealed handgun to the race. Prosecutors say 49-year-old David Moore called Executive Director Iris Simpson-BushFull Story >
A Hamilton County man is indicted on charges of stalking the Flying Pig Marathon's Executive Director, and then bringing a concealed handgun to the race.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:28:13 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:28 GMT
A retired Kentucky plumber is now a millionaire. On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimedFull Story >
On Monday, the winners of a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15th drawing and the two winners of $1 million prizes from the May 18th drawing claimed their jackpots.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Schools Board of Education voted 4-2 Monday evening to approve open enrollment for the
upcoming school year.
According to The Ohio
Department of Education's website, there are 430 districts across the state that allow for open enrollment by any
student in the state, and 85 that allow for enrollment by students living in
"It's really this part of the state that's kind of behind
the times," Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan told FOX19.
Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
President Julie Sellers told FOX19 earlier on Monday she was "shocked that they are
taking the vote this evening when there hasn't been enough conversation
publicly about it."
Sellers says she is not totally opposed to the idea, but
was not convinced there has been enough research or discussion of the proposal.
She argues the focus should instead be on trying to
recruit back those students from charter schools that the district has an
obligation to educate. Sellers says there is a high mobility within Hamilton
County between failing charter schools and public school education which has
created a revolving door of enrollment in Cincinnati that makes it difficult to
properly staff the schools.
Ronan argues open enrollment would help reduce mobility
by allowing families who move to continue to retain their children in CPS
Sellers believes open enrollment would necessitate more
teachers, but with the budget shortfall she is concerned CPS will not be able
to properly staff the schools. She worries overloaded classrooms would put an
unfair burden on teachers.
She believes tuition should be given more consideration
because it could generate more money without unfairly burdening the current
area tax payers and students.
Ronan argues tuition brings with it the additional
administration costs of accounting, sending out tuition bills, checking on
enrollment, and verifying who lives in the district.
"We could redeploy those staff to do other things if we
had an open enrollment policy," Ronan argued.
"I understand it's a dollar thing," CPS parent Amanda
Drexelius acknowledged. "I do get that, but I don't know. I like my school
the way it is."
Drexelius understands parents trying to get their kids
into a good school.
"You want that. You want your school to be in demand,"
Open enrollment was not an option for her family,
however, when they were looking at CPS schools.
"It was a big deal to buy a house because you wanted your
kid to go to this school," she recalled.
Now that other families could send their kids for free
she is worried it could affect the quality of the education she has come to
expect from her kids' schools.
"You kind of don't want people from anywhere being able
to drive their kids in when we've made the commitment to stay in this
community," she explained.
CPS officials say students will only be allowed into
empty spots once kids living in the district have registered.
"We would not be taking youngsters in if seats weren't
available," Superintendent Mary Ronan explained.
Ronan says each seat filled brings in about $5,000 a year
from the state. Instead of losing two million a year like they have been
as students leave for other open enrollment districts, Ronan says CPS is
looking to enter the competition.
"This way we're hoping to generate some money because our
district has some wonderful programs," Ronan said.
Ronan says currently out-of-district parents who wish for
their kids to be enrolled in CPS schools must pay $6,600 annually.
"Some of our families are able to pay but quite honestly
a lot of our families aren't," Ronan explained.
Additionally, Ronan says 120 faculty members have their
kids in CPS schools. With open enrollment the district will be able to begin
receiving state dollars for those students.
Ronan recognized concerns about the wording of the open
enrollment policy that says CPS will not take in students with disabilities if
they need a program the district does not already have. School officials
clarified Monday that they will gladly welcome students with disabilities and
that they do have most programs available. They say that wording was simply
copied and pasted straight from the Ohio Revised Code.
"Certainly we would welcome students with disabilities,"
Ronan said. "We just took the legalese out of state law which I think confused
Ronan says families looking to take advantage of open
enrollment can begin the process in May.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:48 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:48:36 GMT
You can buy a little luck for just $7, thanks to a Craigslist post. A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoon The posting reads, "I haveFull Story >
A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoonFull Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:56 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:56:23 GMT
A Colerain Township man is arrested on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. Toussaint Thrower, 37, is accused of committing the crime over a period of two years. He is expected to appear in court thisFull Story >
The police report also states the victim is pregnant and the act happened at least four times between 5-18-2011 and 1-1-2013.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:08:33 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:13:28 GMT
Police are investigating a shooting a in South Fairmount. Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Little information is known atFull Story >
Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:54:19 GMT
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break. "It's way beyond anything I could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, whoFull Story >
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
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