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Incoming Huber schools chief wants public input on district’s future
 In a state where schools have to track student progress by race, disability, socioeconomics and more, incoming Huber Heights Superintendent Mario Basora called that diversity the greatest strength of his new district. “You have kids from varying backgrounds all coming together in one school district, and the truth is when we all leave...

Posted: 5 days ago

In a state where schools have to track student progress by race, disability, socioeconomics and more, incoming Huber Heights Superintendent Mario Basora called that diversity the greatest strength of his new district. “You have kids from varying backgrounds all coming together in one school district, and the truth is when we all leave...
Veteran Bellbrook school leaders moving on
 Bellbrook schools’ leadership turnover will continue this summer, as 14-year high school principal Chris Baker and 21-year middle school principal Jenness Sigman are leaving those posts. Sigman is moving to the district’s manager of business job, replacing the retiring Jeff Lewis. Baker is resigning after 41 total years in education...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bellbrook schools’ leadership turnover will continue this summer, as 14-year high school principal Chris Baker and 21-year middle school principal Jenness Sigman are leaving those posts. Sigman is moving to the district’s manager of business job, replacing the retiring Jeff Lewis. Baker is resigning after 41 total years in education...
State leaders rip school takeover law; Dayton’s fate hangs in balance
 Momentum to change Ohio’s school takeover law continues to increase, as the state superintendent criticized the system this week, and multiple legislators are preparing bills aimed at changing the law. Dayton Public Schools is the only district in Ohio that is “on the clock” for potential takeover this fall. Under the current...

Posted: 7 days ago

Momentum to change Ohio’s school takeover law continues to increase, as the state superintendent criticized the system this week, and multiple legislators are preparing bills aimed at changing the law. Dayton Public Schools is the only district in Ohio that is “on the clock” for potential takeover this fall. Under the current...
State leaders rip Ohio school takeover law, process so far called ‘a disaster’
 Momentum to change Ohio’s school takeover law continues to increase, as the state superintendent criticized the system this week, and multiple legislators are preparing bills aimed at changing the law. Only one school district in the state, Dayton Public Schools, is “on the clock” for potential takeover this fall. Under...

Posted: 7 days ago

Momentum to change Ohio’s school takeover law continues to increase, as the state superintendent criticized the system this week, and multiple legislators are preparing bills aimed at changing the law. Only one school district in the state, Dayton Public Schools, is “on the clock” for potential takeover this fall. Under...
How Dayton Public Schools spends $266M
 Dayton Public Schools receives more than a quarter billion dollars a year in state and local tax dollars and spends most of it on employees, and mandated payments to charter, private and other schools. It’s also projected to have a nearly $100 million surplus. School board members haven’t decided how — or if — to spend...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton Public Schools receives more than a quarter billion dollars a year in state and local tax dollars and spends most of it on employees, and mandated payments to charter, private and other schools. It’s also projected to have a nearly $100 million surplus. School board members haven’t decided how — or if — to spend...
Dayton schools seeking community members for new council
 Dayton Public Schools is launching a Parent, Family and Community Council (PFCC) next week, seeking 12-15 residents who want to help develop parent and community engagement in the district’s schools. One goal of the council will be to ensure each school has a parent-teacher organization (PTO), as those are inconsistent in DPS today...

Posted: 9 days ago

Dayton Public Schools is launching a Parent, Family and Community Council (PFCC) next week, seeking 12-15 residents who want to help develop parent and community engagement in the district’s schools. One goal of the council will be to ensure each school has a parent-teacher organization (PTO), as those are inconsistent in DPS today...
Embattled charter school chain with Hamilton location faces new allegations from ex-teacher
 A former teacher has sued Richard Allen Schools and their former management company, saying they withheld paychecks while “fraudulently” blaming the state, and failed to pay insurance premiums causing coverage to lapse, among other allegations. This lawsuit came just as the Journal-News reported other issues involving the charter...

Posted: 9 days ago

A former teacher has sued Richard Allen Schools and their former management company, saying they withheld paychecks while “fraudulently” blaming the state, and failed to pay insurance premiums causing coverage to lapse, among other allegations. This lawsuit came just as the Journal-News reported other issues involving the charter...
State board to vote today on new graduation rules
 Ohio’s state school board on Monday debated its final high school graduation proposal for the Class of 2021 and beyond, with members disagreeing on training needs and others upset about how much time they had to review the plans. The new rules would allow students to earn a diploma by showing skills in a variety of ways, rather than...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio’s state school board on Monday debated its final high school graduation proposal for the Class of 2021 and beyond, with members disagreeing on training needs and others upset about how much time they had to review the plans. The new rules would allow students to earn a diploma by showing skills in a variety of ways, rather than...
State school board today looking at long-term graduation rules
 Ohio’s state school board is expected to make its final recommendation on long-term high school graduation requirements as part of its monthly meeting today and Tuesday. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on Friday sent the board his final tweaks, including several accountability steps aimed at making sure non-test graduation options...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio’s state school board is expected to make its final recommendation on long-term high school graduation requirements as part of its monthly meeting today and Tuesday. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on Friday sent the board his final tweaks, including several accountability steps aimed at making sure non-test graduation options...
Embattled charter schools face new allegations from ex-teacher
 A former teacher has sued Richard Allen Schools and their former management company, saying they withheld paychecks while “fraudulently” blaming the state, and failed to pay insurance premiums causing coverage to lapse, among other allegations. This lawsuit came just as the Dayton Daily News reported other issues involving the...

Posted: 11 days ago

A former teacher has sued Richard Allen Schools and their former management company, saying they withheld paychecks while “fraudulently” blaming the state, and failed to pay insurance premiums causing coverage to lapse, among other allegations. This lawsuit came just as the Dayton Daily News reported other issues involving the...
No makeup days for Troy students, but teachers will have training days
 After missing eight days of classes so far due to cold and snow, Troy City Schools will not schedule student makeup days this year unless the district has three more closures. After some confusion in the past month, Superintendent Chris Piper sent a message to families this week, saying all Troy schools are still on track to finish well above...

Posted: 13 days ago

After missing eight days of classes so far due to cold and snow, Troy City Schools will not schedule student makeup days this year unless the district has three more closures. After some confusion in the past month, Superintendent Chris Piper sent a message to families this week, saying all Troy schools are still on track to finish well above...
Preschool Promise expanding to 3 more communities
 Montgomery County’s Preschool Promise program will expand into the Trotwood, Jefferson Twp. and Mad River school districts this fall, building on existing efforts in Dayton and Kettering to improve educational outcomes. Robyn Lightcap, executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton, told a crowd of 600 educators and community leaders about...

Posted: 13 days ago

Montgomery County’s Preschool Promise program will expand into the Trotwood, Jefferson Twp. and Mad River school districts this fall, building on existing efforts in Dayton and Kettering to improve educational outcomes. Robyn Lightcap, executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton, told a crowd of 600 educators and community leaders about...
Trotwood: Fights not gang-related; schools work on conflict resolution
 Trotwood-Madison schools are still investigating last week’s fights at the high school, but they are also working on conflict resolution and mentoring approaches for students, Superintendent Tyrone Olverson said Friday. “It doesn’t seem to be gang-related,” Olverson said, addressing the suggestion of a local juvenile...

Posted: 13 days ago

Trotwood-Madison schools are still investigating last week’s fights at the high school, but they are also working on conflict resolution and mentoring approaches for students, Superintendent Tyrone Olverson said Friday. “It doesn’t seem to be gang-related,” Olverson said, addressing the suggestion of a local juvenile...
New Northridge K-12 school has cutting-edge security system
 When Northridge’s new K-12 school opens this fall on the hill overlooking North Dixie Drive, it will be the first school in the state with a special security system as part of the design. The $55 million building will feature the BluePoint Alert System, with blue pull-alarms throughout the building, similar to traditional red fire alarms...

Posted: 14 days ago

When Northridge’s new K-12 school opens this fall on the hill overlooking North Dixie Drive, it will be the first school in the state with a special security system as part of the design. The $55 million building will feature the BluePoint Alert System, with blue pull-alarms throughout the building, similar to traditional red fire alarms...
Stopping the next shooter: Local schools fortify and add security
 Ohio taxpayers are spending millions of dollars on security upgrades, security officers, mental health counselors, staff training and more to protect 1.7 million students and 134,000 educators across the state. An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into efforts to keep students safe - in the wake of national and local school shooting...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ohio taxpayers are spending millions of dollars on security upgrades, security officers, mental health counselors, staff training and more to protect 1.7 million students and 134,000 educators across the state. An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into efforts to keep students safe - in the wake of national and local school shooting...
School security: How did we get to this point?
 If you’re over 35, you probably remember a time when anyone could walk into your unlocked school, and the only drills you did were covering your head in the basement (tornado) or hustling quietly to the parking lot (fire). Now some schools are arming teachers, nearly every school has a locked vestibule entrance and teachers are drilled...

Posted: 15 days ago

If you’re over 35, you probably remember a time when anyone could walk into your unlocked school, and the only drills you did were covering your head in the basement (tornado) or hustling quietly to the parking lot (fire). Now some schools are arming teachers, nearly every school has a locked vestibule entrance and teachers are drilled...
State officials warn school payroll scam has spread
 The state auditor and Ohio Department of Education are warning school districts statewide that an email-based payroll fraud scam continues to spread. Weeks after Dayton Public Schools was scammed out of a paycheck for Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli, the Ohio Department of Education sent a message to schools this week via its Ed-Connection...

Posted: 15 days ago

The state auditor and Ohio Department of Education are warning school districts statewide that an email-based payroll fraud scam continues to spread. Weeks after Dayton Public Schools was scammed out of a paycheck for Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli, the Ohio Department of Education sent a message to schools this week via its Ed-Connection...
Dayton schools hire Indiana educator as associate superintendent
 Dayton Public Schools has hired Michael Sullivan to serve as associate superintendent of academics beginning in July, filling a position that had been vacant. Sullivan worked for more than a decade in Indianapolis Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli touted his experience in the “turnaround&rdquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Dayton Public Schools has hired Michael Sullivan to serve as associate superintendent of academics beginning in July, filling a position that had been vacant. Sullivan worked for more than a decade in Indianapolis Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli touted his experience in the “turnaround&rdquo...
State senator vows deeper look into Hamilton charter school
 The Richard Allen charter schools in Dayton and Hamilton are still being run by a person who was sued by the state attorney general 18 months ago for her role in misspending $2.2 million in school money. A Journal-News investigation also found that the schools are operating in buildings that have a bankruptcy case hanging over them, and Richard...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Richard Allen charter schools in Dayton and Hamilton are still being run by a person who was sued by the state attorney general 18 months ago for her role in misspending $2.2 million in school money. A Journal-News investigation also found that the schools are operating in buildings that have a bankruptcy case hanging over them, and Richard...
State senator vows deeper look into local charter school
 The Richard Allen charter schools in Dayton and Hamilton are still being run by a person who was sued by the state attorney general 18 months ago for her role in misspending $2.2 million in school money. A Dayton Daily News investigation also found that the schools are operating in buildings that have a bankruptcy case hanging over them,...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Richard Allen charter schools in Dayton and Hamilton are still being run by a person who was sued by the state attorney general 18 months ago for her role in misspending $2.2 million in school money. A Dayton Daily News investigation also found that the schools are operating in buildings that have a bankruptcy case hanging over them,...
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