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 percent of fifth graders growing up in Cincinnati were proficient in grade-level math compared to 91 percent of their suburban peers. In Dayton, 28 percent of fifth-graders growing up in poverty were proficient in grade-level math, compared to 84 percent of their neighbors in higher income households. In Northern Kentucky, the rates of proficiency for city versus suburban students were 40 percent and 84 percent, respectively.
Change is possible. When children are held to high expectations and invested in their education, there is no limit to their success. That's why we are thrilled to partner 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.