In Cincinnati and Dayton, the four-year graduation rates hover around 60% and are even lower for students growing up in poverty. Home to the third highest child poverty rate in the nation, there are thousands of children in Southwest Ohio falling behind.
The charter corps in Southwest Ohio will partner with and teach in three different communities—Cincinnati, Dayton, and just across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky—working relentlessly to unleash the potential of their students.
About Southwest Ohio
The history of inequity in the Greater Cincinnati area is one of great complexity. As a critical stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War, Cincinnati served as the gateway between two disparate futures—one of slavery and one of freedom. Centuries later, children growing up just a few miles from each other in Southwest Ohio are still faced with drastically different life outcomes.
In 2011, just 39% of fifth graders growing up in the city of Cincinnati were proficient in grade-level math compared to 91% of their suburban peers. The gap is similarly wide in Dayton, where 28% of fifth-graders growing up in poverty were proficient, compared to 84% of their neighbors growing up in higher income households. In Northern Kentucky, the rates of proficiency for city versus suburban students were 40% and 84%, respectively.
But we know change is possible. We know that when children are held to high expectations and invested in their education, there is no limit to their success. With that in mind, we are thrilled to embark upon our charter year in Southwest Ohio—partnering with students, families, businesses, local leaders, and the community at large to give all of our region’s children access to the freedom that comes with an excellent education.
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He led his school's efforts to design and implement a positive behavior reinforcement system and, in his third year of teaching, led 84% of his class at KIPP: Gaston Prep to write Advanced Placement-level history essays. In the classroom, he also met his fiancée, a fellow corps member. After graduating Yale Law School, Ben worked for Washington D.C. Public Schools where he endeavored to redesign the district's teacher selection strategy. Ben is a proud Ohio native.