Thursday, April 29, 1999

Teachers suggest specialized schools

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers supports creating small, specialized high schools, saying students need more direction and focus to increase their motivation.

        The union on Wednesday released recommendations for redesigning the district's high schools. Suggested focuses include a military school, museum school, international studies, business, college preparatory, university-affiliated school, ecological studies, cultural studies, high-technology school, child development, year-round school and school for overage students or those likely to drop out.

        To save money, several of the schools could be in the same complex and share gyms, cafeterias and libraries, CFT's report says. It also calls for struggling high-schoolers to take remedial or summer courses, partnerships with community groups and tightened controls on student mobility.

        Cincinnati Public Schools aim to implement redesigned neighborhood high schools in the 2000-01 school year. District leaders will convene committees next month to plot redesign strategies.


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