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Trotwood school board member resigning; board seeks applicants
 Trotwood-Madison school board President Adrienne Heard is resigning from the school board Dec. 31, and the school district is now accepting applications to replace Heard for the remaining two years of her term. Heard was the top vote-getter in a competitive election in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. She had previously served on Trotwood&rsquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

Trotwood-Madison school board President Adrienne Heard is resigning from the school board Dec. 31, and the school district is now accepting applications to replace Heard for the remaining two years of her term. Heard was the top vote-getter in a competitive election in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. She had previously served on Trotwood&rsquo...
Newcomer Harris likely to lead Dayton school board in 2018
 The current and incoming members of the Dayton school board informally agreed Tuesday to have newly elected William Harris serve as school board president for 2018, and existing board member John McManus serve as vice president. Those appointments are not yet official, and the board will vote on those roles at its 2018 organization meeting...

Posted: 27 days ago

The current and incoming members of the Dayton school board informally agreed Tuesday to have newly elected William Harris serve as school board president for 2018, and existing board member John McManus serve as vice president. Those appointments are not yet official, and the board will vote on those roles at its 2018 organization meeting...
Lehner’s bill aims to change Ohio teacher evaluation system
 The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) could see significant changes if a bill recently introduced by State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) becomes law. Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee, spotlighted several changes proposed in Senate Bill 240: APRIL: State board supports changes to evaluations ** Lehner said the bill would...

Posted: 27 days ago

The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) could see significant changes if a bill recently introduced by State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) becomes law. Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee, spotlighted several changes proposed in Senate Bill 240: APRIL: State board supports changes to evaluations ** Lehner said the bill would...
Dayton school board to meet today with closure issue looming
 Dayton’s school board meets today at its downtown headquarters, with several significant issues either on the agenda or in the background for Dayton Public Schools. ** This is the first meeting since DPS leaders announced last week they may close some schools next fall. A large crowd is expected, and the public comment section of the...

Posted: 27 days ago

Dayton’s school board meets today at its downtown headquarters, with several significant issues either on the agenda or in the background for Dayton Public Schools. ** This is the first meeting since DPS leaders announced last week they may close some schools next fall. A large crowd is expected, and the public comment section of the...
Charter school seeks new sponsor after DPS votes to end contract
 Dayton Business Technology High School will try to find a new sponsor and remain open next school year, after Dayton’s school board voted Tuesday night to terminate their existing sponsorship this summer. DBTHS is a dropout recovery charter school, often referred to as Dayton Tech, that serves about 150 students at 348 W. First St....

Posted: 28 days ago

Dayton Business Technology High School will try to find a new sponsor and remain open next school year, after Dayton’s school board voted Tuesday night to terminate their existing sponsorship this summer. DBTHS is a dropout recovery charter school, often referred to as Dayton Tech, that serves about 150 students at 348 W. First St....
Dayton’s new data offers same worries about 8 schools
 Dayton Public Schools leaders have changed the data they used to explain possible school closures Tuesday, saying the district’s 18 elementary schools are not as empty as they first told the school board. But even in the new data, Dayton has several significantly under-enrolled schools — eight below 50 percent occupancy, compared...

10:52 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Dayton Public Schools leaders have changed the data they used to explain possible school closures Tuesday, saying the district’s 18 elementary schools are not as empty as they first told the school board. But even in the new data, Dayton has several significantly under-enrolled schools — eight below 50 percent occupancy, compared...
State school board pushes for more testing cuts
 The state school board is urging Ohio lawmakers to make three more reductions in state testing for students, including two changes tied to graduation. The board voted this week to recommend eliminating the high school English 1 state exam – one of the seven end-of-course tests that currently make up a primary pathway to graduation....

12:08 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The state school board is urging Ohio lawmakers to make three more reductions in state testing for students, including two changes tied to graduation. The board voted this week to recommend eliminating the high school English 1 state exam – one of the seven end-of-course tests that currently make up a primary pathway to graduation....
Dayton school closures: What’s really going on?
 Dayton Public Schools is considering closure of multiple schools next fall because, as acting superintendent Elizabeth Lolli put it, “We have found ourselves as a district with declining enrollment … and more than enough buildings.” Here are five key things to know about the issue: How did this come about? Dayton&rsquo...

6:50 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Dayton Public Schools is considering closure of multiple schools next fall because, as acting superintendent Elizabeth Lolli put it, “We have found ourselves as a district with declining enrollment … and more than enough buildings.” Here are five key things to know about the issue: How did this come about? Dayton&rsquo...
Union leader: Dayton has to be careful not to rush school closures
 Dayton Public Schools may close three or more of its 28 school buildings next fall because of lower enrollment, a move that would save the district money but also uproot hundreds of students and dozens of teachers. Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli told the school board Tuesday night that DPS will hold multiple community meetings in January...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Dayton Public Schools may close three or more of its 28 school buildings next fall because of lower enrollment, a move that would save the district money but also uproot hundreds of students and dozens of teachers. Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli told the school board Tuesday night that DPS will hold multiple community meetings in January...
Dayton Public may close multiple schools next fall; enrollment blamed
 UPDATED @ 9:38 p.m.:  Dayton Public Schools could close three or more school buildings next fall because of years of declining enrollment, and the district will spend the next several weeks developing a strategy to handle the issue. At a school board meeting Tuesday night, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli did not identify which...

12:57 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

UPDATED @ 9:38 p.m.:  Dayton Public Schools could close three or more school buildings next fall because of years of declining enrollment, and the district will spend the next several weeks developing a strategy to handle the issue. At a school board meeting Tuesday night, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli did not identify which...
Ohio’s softer graduation rules could continue 2 more years
 The softer graduation standards the Class of 2018 faces could be extended to current juniors and sophomores in high school. State school board members in January are expected to consider voting to extend the extra graduation options to the classes of 2019 and 2020. Members discussed the plan in Columbus on Tuesday. If approved, state lawmakers...

10:59 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

The softer graduation standards the Class of 2018 faces could be extended to current juniors and sophomores in high school. State school board members in January are expected to consider voting to extend the extra graduation options to the classes of 2019 and 2020. Members discussed the plan in Columbus on Tuesday. If approved, state lawmakers...
Softer Ohio graduation standards could extend two more years
 Current high school juniors and sophomores might get the same, softer graduation standards that now apply to the Class of 2018, according to state school board discussions. Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, chair of the board’s Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee, said the group will consider a resolution to extend those extra...

10:47 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Current high school juniors and sophomores might get the same, softer graduation standards that now apply to the Class of 2018, according to state school board discussions. Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, chair of the board’s Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee, said the group will consider a resolution to extend those extra...
Dayton superintendent’s pre-discipline hearing postponed
 Rhonda Corr’s pre-disciplinary hearing is being rescheduled and will not happen Wednesday morning as originally planned, according to Dayton Public Schools officials. Corr, in her second year as Dayton superintendent, was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 21, and the school board spelled out the reasons for that move in a hearing...

7:06 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Rhonda Corr’s pre-disciplinary hearing is being rescheduled and will not happen Wednesday morning as originally planned, according to Dayton Public Schools officials. Corr, in her second year as Dayton superintendent, was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 21, and the school board spelled out the reasons for that move in a hearing...
Graduation rates rise again; Ohio ranks low for black students
 High school graduation rates rose both nationally and in Ohio, according to comprehensive 2015-16 data released last week, but concerns remain about the number of students not graduating, and about graduation rates for black students in Ohio. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the nation’s four-year graduation...

11:50 AM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

High school graduation rates rose both nationally and in Ohio, according to comprehensive 2015-16 data released last week, but concerns remain about the number of students not graduating, and about graduation rates for black students in Ohio. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the nation’s four-year graduation...
Northwestern board to discuss complaints amid superintendent probe
 Northwestern Local Schools’ board of education will hold a closed executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, in part “to consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee.” Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner has been away from the district since Nov. 26 while allegations of unprofessional behavior...

9:35 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Northwestern Local Schools’ board of education will hold a closed executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, in part “to consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee.” Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner has been away from the district since Nov. 26 while allegations of unprofessional behavior...
Northwestern board to discuss complaints amid superintendent probe
 Northwestern Local Schools’ board of education will hold a closed executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, in part “to consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee.” Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner has been away from the district since Nov. 26 while allegations of unprofessional behavior...

9:11 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Northwestern Local Schools’ board of education will hold a closed executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, in part “to consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee.” Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner has been away from the district since Nov. 26 while allegations of unprofessional behavior...
Preschool board may trim tuition aid to families in $5.6M budget
 Dayton’s Preschool Promise Board wrapped up its first year Thursday, approving a $5.6 million budget for calendar year 2018, and proposing lower tuition assistance amounts for the 2018-19 school year. “We are looking at reducing our tuition assistance table,” Executive Director Robyn Lightcap said, adding that a vote is...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Dayton’s Preschool Promise Board wrapped up its first year Thursday, approving a $5.6 million budget for calendar year 2018, and proposing lower tuition assistance amounts for the 2018-19 school year. “We are looking at reducing our tuition assistance table,” Executive Director Robyn Lightcap said, adding that a vote is...
Local schools urged to test water for lead
 A local nonprofit law firm is pushing Dayton area schools to test their water for lead after getting little response to information requests sent in March and July. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) sent surveys to 53 charter, Catholic and private schools plus the Dayton Public School district, and only seven schools plus DPS responded...

11:45 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

A local nonprofit law firm is pushing Dayton area schools to test their water for lead after getting little response to information requests sent in March and July. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) sent surveys to 53 charter, Catholic and private schools plus the Dayton Public School district, and only seven schools plus DPS responded...
State report card needs changes, education groups say
 After a year of educator complaints about Ohio’s school report card, two different organizations joined the fight this week, one group saying Ohio’s report card is unfair to high-poverty schools, and another criticizing the user-friendliness of many states’ data. The Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank associated...

1:26 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

After a year of educator complaints about Ohio’s school report card, two different organizations joined the fight this week, one group saying Ohio’s report card is unfair to high-poverty schools, and another criticizing the user-friendliness of many states’ data. The Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank associated...
Trotwood school wins state honor, even as the district has struggled
 Trotwood’s Madison Park Elementary was one of nine schools in Ohio to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for 2016-17. This honor goes to schools that meet certain state report card markers on test proficiency and gap closing while serving a student population that is at least 40 percent economically...

11:56 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Trotwood’s Madison Park Elementary was one of nine schools in Ohio to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for 2016-17. This honor goes to schools that meet certain state report card markers on test proficiency and gap closing while serving a student population that is at least 40 percent economically...
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