Cincinnati Public Schools Encourages Black Students to Speak Up, Speak Out

August 27, 2020

By Walter Smith-Randolph, WKRC

Cincinnati Public Schools is encouraging Black students to speak up and speak out. District leaders are now working with students to make their classroom experience more diverse and equitable and now those students have given district administration a list of demands.

For the past few months, 12th-grader Rachel Scales has been having open and honest conversations with Cincinnati school leaders and law enforcement.

"It's been really interesting because I’m able to use my voice to help people understand African Americans' problems or concerns now in the world," said Scales, who attends Riverview East Academy.

That's the point of CPS' Speak Up, Speak Out program. The district has been holding virtual forums where students like Scales can talk to the superintendent, the police chief and other local leaders.

The program was started in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

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