When a steady stream of out-of-town teachers, school leaders, nonprofits and education groups began visiting Cincinnati two years ago, they weren't going for the chili or the sports teams.
They were visiting a network of Cincinnati Public Schools known as community learning centers. The schools - 34 so far - have full-service health clinics, mental-health counselors, tutoring and after-school programs for everything from ballroom dancing to construction classes. The services, available to students and their families, are aimed at improving academic achievement in the poorest, lowest-achieving schools. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the city's model has gotten attention from as far away as Hawaii and Australia. Now, the nearly 1 million-student New York City school district is piloting their own program based primarily on what they saw in Cincinnati.