Thursday, March 20, 2003

CPS examines priorities for spending in 2003-04 budget

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Public School officials discussed 2003-04 budget priorities Wednesday.

In the next few weeks, the district will set a budget target.

This year's budget was $437 million. Projections show the district coming in about $10 million under that mark.

Priorities for the coming year include aligning district curriculum with state and federal standards. As part of that, district officials are considering revising end-of-course exams to match them with Ohio standards.

District officials also want to add professional development days for teachers. CPS now offers no designated teacher training days districtwide. Instead, schools find days within their individual calendars for teacher training, or teachers use their own time.

Each professional development day would cost the district about $1 million, and officials say they'd like to establish at least two teacher training days.


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