Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart is an investigative reporter at the Dayton Daily News.  His stories have focused on government waste, fraud, abuse and accountability in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting, including an Emmy Award and numerous awards from the Associated Press Society of Ohio and Society of Professional Journalists.   He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshSweigart Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Twitter: @DDNInvestigates on Twitter Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Facebook: @DDNInvestigates

Latest from Josh Sweigart

Dayton schools get “F” on report card; test scores rank last in Ohio
 Dayton Public Schools received an overall grade of “F” on the state report card released Thursday, meaning the district will be subject to state takeover next fall if it doesn’t improve during the current school year. DPS officials said some of the district’s test data was incorrectly reported by its software vendor...

Posted: 4 days ago

Dayton Public Schools received an overall grade of “F” on the state report card released Thursday, meaning the district will be subject to state takeover next fall if it doesn’t improve during the current school year. DPS officials said some of the district’s test data was incorrectly reported by its software vendor...
Lack of black teachers, staffing shortages a problem in some DPS buildings
 *** The teaching field has too few black teachers, especially black male teachers, according to experts.  But, they emphasize, black students also need familiar touchstones — and role models — in course materials and textbooks.  “It’s incredibly important for the books in the school to have characters that...

Posted: 23 days ago

*** The teaching field has too few black teachers, especially black male teachers, according to experts.  But, they emphasize, black students also need familiar touchstones — and role models — in course materials and textbooks.  “It’s incredibly important for the books in the school to have characters that...
‘We have students that live in their vehicle’ says principal of Dayton school
 *** Akisha Shehee knows better than anyone the achievement gap poor and minority students face. As principal of Westwood Elementary school, she sees that gap every day. Westwood is 91 percent black and abuts one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “I believe it is a huge issue, which is one of the reasons that I am...

Posted: 23 days ago

*** Akisha Shehee knows better than anyone the achievement gap poor and minority students face. As principal of Westwood Elementary school, she sees that gap every day. Westwood is 91 percent black and abuts one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “I believe it is a huge issue, which is one of the reasons that I am...
The Path Forward: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms
 The threat of a state takeover of Dayton Public Schools creates urgency to address long-unchecked problems in a district where race, poverty and a culture of failure have dragged like an anchor, erecting barriers children struggle to overcome.   A Dayton Daily News investigation found a wide achievement gap between black and...

Posted: 23 days ago

The threat of a state takeover of Dayton Public Schools creates urgency to address long-unchecked problems in a district where race, poverty and a culture of failure have dragged like an anchor, erecting barriers children struggle to overcome.   A Dayton Daily News investigation found a wide achievement gap between black and...
Causes identified for excessive chronic absenteeism at Dayton schools
 Editor’s note: This story is part of a package of reports exploring race- and poverty-based achievement gaps at Dayton Public Schools and how they can be bridged. Read our full report here. 
*** Kids don’t learn if they’re not in school, and in Dayton 30.7 percent of the students were chronically absent in 2016-17...

Posted: 23 days ago

Editor’s note: This story is part of a package of reports exploring race- and poverty-based achievement gaps at Dayton Public Schools and how they can be bridged. Read our full report here.  *** Kids don’t learn if they’re not in school, and in Dayton 30.7 percent of the students were chronically absent in 2016-17...
Disproportionate discipline keeping black kids out of school more often in Dayton schools
 *** Research shows black students disproportionately face discipline over their white peers, including being removed from the classroom for periods of time in out-of-school suspensions.   The out-of-school suspension rate in DPS shows a stark disparity. The 3,695 out-of-school suspensions of black students last year compared to...

Posted: 23 days ago

*** Research shows black students disproportionately face discipline over their white peers, including being removed from the classroom for periods of time in out-of-school suspensions.   The out-of-school suspension rate in DPS shows a stark disparity. The 3,695 out-of-school suspensions of black students last year compared to...
‘Opportunity gap’ creates achievement gap for poor, black children in Dayton schools
 ***  A 2015 report from Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County illustrates the barriers some children encounter even before entering kindergarten.  The report analyzed 18 factors that contribute to a person’s ability to succeed in life, such as income and unemployment, crime, health issues and educational attainment...

Posted: 23 days ago

***  A 2015 report from Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County illustrates the barriers some children encounter even before entering kindergarten.  The report analyzed 18 factors that contribute to a person’s ability to succeed in life, such as income and unemployment, crime, health issues and educational attainment...
Some Dayton schools relied heavily on subs to lead classrooms in recent years
 *** Not having enough teachers has led to a practice DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli vows to reduce: a heavy reliance on substitutes.  “The sub situation in Dayton, I’ve never seen this in my life where you go a whole school year with (so many) subs. That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Lolli said. “(Something)...

Posted: 23 days ago

*** Not having enough teachers has led to a practice DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli vows to reduce: a heavy reliance on substitutes.  “The sub situation in Dayton, I’ve never seen this in my life where you go a whole school year with (so many) subs. That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Lolli said. “(Something)...
DPS, Northmont schools get $500K to tackle achievement gap
 A national non-profit has awarded $500,000 to help Dayton Public Schools and Northmont City School District close achievement gaps linked to race, gender and culture. The grant from StriveTogether will fund the work of Learn to Earn Dayton, which will work with DPS and Northmont to place equity fellows in select schools. The equity fellows...

Posted: 25 days ago

A national non-profit has awarded $500,000 to help Dayton Public Schools and Northmont City School District close achievement gaps linked to race, gender and culture. The grant from StriveTogether will fund the work of Learn to Earn Dayton, which will work with DPS and Northmont to place equity fellows in select schools. The equity fellows...
Here are 5 new stores open now or coming to the Dayton area
 Summer 2018 is bringing several new shopping options to the area amid a surge in retail sales after a winter of discontent. The year started off with the spectre of “retail apocalypse” — more than 12,000 stores were expected to close this year according to a market analyst. But then this week the National Retail...

Posted: 30 days ago

Summer 2018 is bringing several new shopping options to the area amid a surge in retail sales after a winter of discontent. The year started off with the spectre of “retail apocalypse” — more than 12,000 stores were expected to close this year according to a market analyst. But then this week the National Retail...
Dayton native, 82, victim in Florida murder, was ‘angel on earth’
 Faye Gibson, Watson’s daughter-in-law, said Monday that the family still doesn’t know why she was killed. Her daughter spoke with her Friday, and there were no signs that anything was wrong. Then they got word of Watson’s death four hours later, Gibson said.  “Alice was one of the most kind, gentle and loving...

Posted: 30 days ago

Faye Gibson, Watson’s daughter-in-law, said Monday that the family still doesn’t know why she was killed. Her daughter spoke with her Friday, and there were no signs that anything was wrong. Then they got word of Watson’s death four hours later, Gibson said.  “Alice was one of the most kind, gentle and loving...