Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.Full Story >
About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.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.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >