State Senator Peggy Lehner looks on as a student completes lessons within the digital curriculum
State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today joined state leaders on a tour of Cincinnati charter school Carpe Diem to learn about innovative models for educating Ohio's children.

Lehner, Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, discussed Carpe Diem's 
blended learning model with school officials and students in order to gain a better understanding of how Ohio schools are preparing students for higher education opportunities and entering today's workforce.

"Taking the time to experience firsthand the innovative models that schools across the state are using to produce successful outcomes is crucial to meaningful education policymaking," said Lehner. "It was fascinating to speak with students to better understand what is working, and not working, so that our children are receiving the highest quality education possible."

The model employed by Carpe Diem blends a digital curriculum with personalized instruction that allows students to fulfill high expectations while offering flexibility to fit individual student needs. 

Lehner visited the Cincinnati campus with Auditor of State Dave Yost, both of which played important roles in Ohio's recent charter school reform efforts. Senator Lehner visited classrooms with Principal Tyree Gaines to speak to students about their experience, including a physical education class in which students are integrating fitness and healthy eating with positive education outcomes in other subjects.

Carpe Diem, the first charter school sponsored by Cincinnati Public Schools, is located on the campus of Aiken High School and has operated since August of 2013. 
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