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About two-thirds of CMSD students attended a school in a different ZIP code from where they lived, according to district data that reflected enrollment for a single day in November of 2022.
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Most Cleveland Metropolitan School District students attend a school outside of their neighborhood. About two-thirds of CMSD students attended a school in a different ZIP code from where they lived, according to district data that reflected enrollment for a single day in November of 2022.
In the past, Cleveland students were automatically enrolled in their neighborhood school. During the era of desegregation busing, many white families left the public school district for private schools or fled the city for the suburbs.
For a decade, Cleveland has been an open enrollment school district. Parents, caregivers and students can choose which school they want to attend within the district. CMSD uses an online portal where families select their top choices for elementary or high schools.
City Council has used nearly $4 million in casino revenue money in recent years to fund its own system of direct neighborhood services.
Gambling was legalized in Ohio in 2009, and the first casino in Cleveland opened in 2012. Since then, the city of Cleveland has received around $10 million every year from the money Cleveland casinos make on gambling losses.