Throng of educators from 36 states gather in Cincinnati to plot more successful schools

CINCINNATI – Advocates for Cincinnati Public Schools have been telling all who will listen that their development of Community Learning Centers are an innovation that's outpacing school districts throughout the country.

This week, they have the ear of an admiring audience of more than 1,400 educators who have gathered in the Queen City for the Community Schools 2014 National Forum.

"Cincinnati is one of the leading beacons of community schools across the country," Martin Blank, director of the Washington-based National Coalition for Community Schools and the president of the Institute for Educational Leadership, told WCPO after addressing a packed ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Leaders in educational reform are packing the four-day event, including Dr. Christopher Edley Jr., a U.C. Berkeley School of Law professor who, while at Harvard, taught Barack Obama as well as Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

"John's grade in my class was better," he said.

WCPO Insiders can read more about what education leaders say about Cincinnati's community learning centers -- and how they have become national models.

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