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Let the Best Ideas Win…Expand Vocational and Technical Education in ALL CPS high schools now!

In today’s toxic political environment ideas and solutions tend to get lost. I believe if you decide to run for office the focus must be on your ideas, not necessarily who you are. So I am going to outline a few ideas that makeup the base of my Cincinnati School Board platform:

  1. Expand vocational and technical programs in all high schools NOW! In the 21st century a one size fits all educational system will not work. A high schooler in Price Hill should not be required to ride a Metro bus to Woodward to learn a trade.

To learn more about where I am coming from, there was a great article in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal earlier this year. It was entitled “How the Other Half Learns.” Here’s a link: I cited some of the article’s facts in my application for the school board vacancy. Yeah, I didn’t get appointed…

Here are a few interesting facts supporting why CPS should invest in more vocational and technical education. From City Journal-– Take 100 kids who enter high school in 9th grade. 18 fail to graduate from high school & 25 more will not enter college upon graduation. 29 who enter college but WILL NOT graduate from college. Of those 12 will end up in a job that doesn’t require a college degree. Of the 16 left, the “fortunate 5th” will move from high school to college to a career pipeline. Read, graduates of Walnut and a few from the other high schools around CPS.

Fact. The easiest way to enter the middle class is to have a job. How could we do more to ensure CPS students enter the middle class? Vocational and technical education!! Don’t just teach the trade to those kids choosing vocational and technical skills. Teach them how to open a business and create an entrepreneurial spirit so they can join the middle class!

Back to the data for the average school district. How do we fare in the Queen City and CPS? I haven’t found similar data tracking for CPS.

But there is data for the first bucket, graduation from high school. 74.7% of 9th graders graduate from CPS in 4 years. 78.5% graduate in 5 years. So 22-26 of CPS students DO NOT graduate from high school in 4 or 5 years. This is above the national average according to the Department of Education. Being above the national average is not a good thing here, kinda like leading the league in strike outs. One wonders if you take out Walnut, SCPA what the graduation rate would be for CPS?

While out meeting voters today, I heard an interesting story from a proud grandpa. Grandson graduated from a CPS school and found he was not college material but was good with his hands. No construction or “wood shop” at his neighborhood high school. He graduated, didn’t go to college, ended up working at Home Depot. Ended up living with grandpa who encouraged him to do more than be a wood shuffler at Home Depot. Grandpa and Grandma won’t be around forever to support him & he doesn’t make enough at Home Depot. Interestingly, his girlfriend, a school teacher, agrees. Something finally clicks and grandson decides to pursue a career in carpentry now in his 20s. He starts at Scarlet Oaks ( in a few weeks. [Did you know high schoolers in CPS can’t go to Scarlet Oaks?] Here’s the point, grandson has spent 5+ years trying to figure out that his vocation is in the building and trades. If CPS had offered him opportunities in construction at his local high school, maybe he would have found his way sooner.

We need to expand vocational and technical programs in all CPS schools NOWIf you agree, Vote Megerle for Cincinnati School Board on November 5th.