Jeremy P. Kelley

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Jeremy Kelley covers K-12 education issues. Jeremy has lived in the Dayton area for more than 20 years. He attended the University of Dayton and currently lives in Kettering with his wife and two children. 

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Schools push students to plan for future

Local high schools began their second annual “signing day” push Friday, but these events are not the traditional celebration of athletic scholarships. Montgomery County schools are spotlighting all students’ college and career choices, and encouraging younger students to start making plans for their future now — whether that’s two- or ...

Melodie Larsen has been a teacher with Dayton Public Schools for 29 years. “I’m here because this is where I’m needed. I feel like I’m called to work with the children I work with. I don’t ever see it as they are challenges. I don’t see that we have that many more issues with the students, depending on how you approach them. They’re my students from the first day they walk through the door until they graduate high school or I don’t see them anymore. My expectations are that they’re going to follow the rules,” she said. LISA POWELL /STAFF

Teacher pay in area districts varies wildly

Teachers with identical education and experience could pull in annual salaries as much as $38,000 apart, depending on what local public school district they work in, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of payroll data for teachers across the region. The peak of the salary schedule in Jefferson Twp. ...

UD, Sinclair partnership aimed at making degrees more affordable

The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College today announced a collaboration called the UD Sinclair Academy, aimed at making UD degrees more accessible for “students who are academically eligible but who might not have previously considered the university for financial reasons.” University of Dayton President Dan Curran said the ...

A recent Yellow Springs High School graduate shoots a video during commencement ceremonies. FILE PHOTO

Yellow Springs, Oakwood among Ohio’s best in school rankings

Yellow Springs and Oakwood high schools earned the highest local rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s “best high schools” list released this week. Yellow Springs was ranked 13th in Ohio and 391st in the nation, with Oakwood 14th in Ohio and 456th in the U.S. “We are incredibly proud ...

Testing change surprises Kettering schools

About 125 freshmen each at Fairmont and Northmont high schools are among many around the state who will have to take an extra state test this year because of a change in Ohio law. Ohio began a new system of high school graduation tests last year, and physical science was ...

Dayton school board President Adil Baguirov said Wednesday night that Treasurer Craig Jones will not return to the district after his contract expires June 30.

DPS to replace treasurer this summer

Dayton school board President Adil Baguirov said Wednesday night that Treasurer Craig Jones will not return to the district after his contract expires June 30. Baguirov declined comment other than to say the school board “decided to go in a different direction.” Jones said Thursday that no one from the ...

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori Ward said Thursday that she will be “forever indebted to the people who support our mission.” DEE MOORMAN/STAFF

Ward thanks supporters, says DPS is prepared to improve

Lori Ward waxed both nostalgic and challenging Thursday, talking about the joy and passion of teaching children, and calling on the Dayton community to support programs that will help kids lead “balanced lives.”“I was a classroom teacher, and to experience the joy of a child that has low self-esteem, and ...

Dayton school board President Adil Baguirov (center left) confers with Superintendent Lori Ward and Public Information Officer Jill Moberley before a school board meeting Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Outgoing treasurer Craig Jones is at left, and board member Robert Walker is at right. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Explainer: Could Dayton Public Schools face state takeover?

While Dayton Public Schools starts looking for a new superintendent, the threat of state takeover looms over the district. Here’s a five-point explainer of what that means. What is state takeover of a school district? When a school district fails to meet certain standards, the state takes over via an ...

Lori L. Ward, superintendent of Dayton Public Schools. Photo dated October 2015. CONTRIBUTED

Ward out as Dayton superintendent

Dayton Public Schools failed to reach agreement on a new contract with Superintendent Lori Ward, the district announced Wednesday, meaning DPS now must scramble to find a new leader by this summer. Ward has been superintendent since summer 2010 — a period in which district graduation rates rose, but overall ...

Tom Lasley, Executive Director, Learn to Earn Dayton

Dayton’s Lasley a top candidate for state school chief

Tom Lasley, executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton, has been identified as one of the top five candidates for Ohio’s state school superintendent post, according to information released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Education.Forty-four people applied for the post, which came open Jan. 1 when Richard Ross resigned ...