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Changes coming to school funding, testing, vouchers, who can teach
 Ohio schools will get a state funding increase the next two years, but it will mainly come in the form of targeted student wellness funding and will vary significantly from district to district. The state budget approved by the legislature last week includes $675 million for “student wellness and success funding.” The money is...

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Ohio schools will get a state funding increase the next two years, but it will mainly come in the form of targeted student wellness funding and will vary significantly from district to district. The state budget approved by the legislature last week includes $675 million for “student wellness and success funding.” The money is...
Ohio’s four high school classes now have three sets of diploma rules
 New graduation rules for Ohio’s high school Class of 2023 and beyond were set by the state legislature this week, continuing a seemingly annual change of standards for students seeking a diploma. The four high school classes from 2020 to 2023 will have three different graduation requirements. First, the new three-prong 2023 plan will...

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New graduation rules for Ohio’s high school Class of 2023 and beyond were set by the state legislature this week, continuing a seemingly annual change of standards for students seeking a diploma. The four high school classes from 2020 to 2023 will have three different graduation requirements. First, the new three-prong 2023 plan will...
Montgomery County Children Services workers on strike
 Montgomery County Children Services workers’ strike began at 12:01 a.m. today. Those on the picket line belong to the Professionals Guild of Ohio, which represents 272 Children Services employees who on July 8 filed a 10-day notice of an intent to strike. The county and guild could not reach an agreement during a Thursday mediation...

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Montgomery County Children Services workers’ strike began at 12:01 a.m. today. Those on the picket line belong to the Professionals Guild of Ohio, which represents 272 Children Services employees who on July 8 filed a 10-day notice of an intent to strike. The county and guild could not reach an agreement during a Thursday mediation...
Northridge principal faces felony charge in Wisconsin
 Northridge High School Principal Andrew Craig Ewing faces a felony count of substantial battery intending bodily harm stemming from an alleged domestic incident in Wisconsin on June 22. Ewing was accused by the mother of his children of throwing her to the ground and punching her in the face two or three times, breaking a tooth and her left...

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Northridge High School Principal Andrew Craig Ewing faces a felony count of substantial battery intending bodily harm stemming from an alleged domestic incident in Wisconsin on June 22. Ewing was accused by the mother of his children of throwing her to the ground and punching her in the face two or three times, breaking a tooth and her left...
No state takeover of Dayton schools — for now. What’s next for the district?
 A one-year moratorium on state takeovers of low-scoring school districts will allow Dayton Public Schools to continue the massive changes started in the past 18 months, district leaders said. Dayton was the only district in the state at risk of a September 2019 takeover if its overall report card grade stayed an “F.” But the final...

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A one-year moratorium on state takeovers of low-scoring school districts will allow Dayton Public Schools to continue the massive changes started in the past 18 months, district leaders said. Dayton was the only district in the state at risk of a September 2019 takeover if its overall report card grade stayed an “F.” But the final...
New Ohio diploma rules: Most in Class of 2023 must pass tests
 Ohio is likely to get new high school graduation rules for the Class of 2023 and beyond as the state budget bill up for vote Wednesday includes the new system recommended by the Senate. Last month, the Ohio Senate discarded an Ohio Department of Education plan that was more than a year in the making. The committee instead approved a graduation...

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Ohio is likely to get new high school graduation rules for the Class of 2023 and beyond as the state budget bill up for vote Wednesday includes the new system recommended by the Senate. Last month, the Ohio Senate discarded an Ohio Department of Education plan that was more than a year in the making. The committee instead approved a graduation...
DPS planned to hire contractor, then found past corruption case
 A contractor recommended by Dayton Public Schools administration to do demolition work may be rejected after a school board member pointed out a past corruption issue with the contractor and urged DPS to be more careful. The contract, which was not scheduled for vote until the July 30 business meeting, called for DPS to pay $100,500 to Gilbane...

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A contractor recommended by Dayton Public Schools administration to do demolition work may be rejected after a school board member pointed out a past corruption issue with the contractor and urged DPS to be more careful. The contract, which was not scheduled for vote until the July 30 business meeting, called for DPS to pay $100,500 to Gilbane...
Dayton Public Schools likely to avoid state takeover under budget bill moratorium
 UPDATE @ 6:24 p.m.: Dayton Public Schools is likely to avoid state takeover this school year, as the two-year budget deal produced by Ohio legislative leaders Tuesday includes a one-year moratorium on those takeovers, according to state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood.  That budget document is scheduled for vote in the Ohio House and...

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UPDATE @ 6:24 p.m.: Dayton Public Schools is likely to avoid state takeover this school year, as the two-year budget deal produced by Ohio legislative leaders Tuesday includes a one-year moratorium on those takeovers, according to state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood.  That budget document is scheduled for vote in the Ohio House and...
Award-winning Centerville teacher gets young students thinking deeply
 Matthew Szozda, an art teacher at W.O. Cline Elementary in Centerville City Schools, is one of 11 educators named a “2020 Teacher of the Year” by the Ohio Department of Education. The state honors one teacher annually in each of the 11 state school board districts, which include about 1 million Ohioans each. Szozda, who has been...

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Matthew Szozda, an art teacher at W.O. Cline Elementary in Centerville City Schools, is one of 11 educators named a “2020 Teacher of the Year” by the Ohio Department of Education. The state honors one teacher annually in each of the 11 state school board districts, which include about 1 million Ohioans each. Szozda, who has been...
Daily News questions legality of Huber Heights schools meeting
 The Huber Heights school board held a short-notice emergency meeting at noon Thursday for a closed executive session to discuss personnel issues. The Dayton Daily News objected to the meeting, citing provisions of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act. Ohio law says that public bodies such as school boards can only hold special meetings with less...

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The Huber Heights school board held a short-notice emergency meeting at noon Thursday for a closed executive session to discuss personnel issues. The Dayton Daily News objected to the meeting, citing provisions of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act. Ohio law says that public bodies such as school boards can only hold special meetings with less...
Bellbrook schools stick with budget cut for now, won’t try levy in fall
 Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools officials have decided not to try another tax levy on the November ballot after a third-party survey of residents showed weak support for even a smaller levy. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a 7.5-mill replacement levy in May, and district leaders at first said they expected to try again this fall. But the results...

Posted: 8 days ago

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools officials have decided not to try another tax levy on the November ballot after a third-party survey of residents showed weak support for even a smaller levy. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a 7.5-mill replacement levy in May, and district leaders at first said they expected to try again this fall. But the results...
Trotwood schools seek donations, eye busing ‘nightmare’ after tornado
 Trotwood-Madison school officials said Wednesday that most of their tornado-displaced families hope to stay with the school district, but they called transportation planning a nightmare and said a significant need for donations remains as some families lost everything. Superintendent Tyrone Olverson said some leaders of Trotwood, Dayton,...

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Trotwood-Madison school officials said Wednesday that most of their tornado-displaced families hope to stay with the school district, but they called transportation planning a nightmare and said a significant need for donations remains as some families lost everything. Superintendent Tyrone Olverson said some leaders of Trotwood, Dayton,...
Mediation session ‘one last shot’ to avoid Children Services strike
 A mediation session has been scheduled for July 18 between Montgomery County officials and their unionized Children Services workers, representatives of both groups confirmed late Wednesday. That session will occur just hours before the union, made up largely of Montgomery County child welfare caseworkers, is scheduled to go on strike at...

Posted: 12 days ago

A mediation session has been scheduled for July 18 between Montgomery County officials and their unionized Children Services workers, representatives of both groups confirmed late Wednesday. That session will occur just hours before the union, made up largely of Montgomery County child welfare caseworkers, is scheduled to go on strike at...
Children Services strike would be Ohio’s second in 15 years, since one in Butler County
 If Montgomery County Children Services employees go on strike July 19, it would be only the second time in the past 14 years that an Ohio children services bargaining unit had gone on strike. Caseworkers in Butler County’s Children Services Division were on strike for 23 days in 2014. Other than that, strikes in Franklin (2005) and...

Posted: 13 days ago

If Montgomery County Children Services employees go on strike July 19, it would be only the second time in the past 14 years that an Ohio children services bargaining unit had gone on strike. Caseworkers in Butler County’s Children Services Division were on strike for 23 days in 2014. Other than that, strikes in Franklin (2005) and...
Children services strike looms; fact-finder sided with union on pay
 The union representing about 270 Montgomery County’s Children Services employees on Monday filed a 10-day notice of those workers’ intent to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19. About three-fourths of those employees represented by the Professionals Guild of Ohio are child welfare caseworkers, while others are clerical...

Posted: 14 days ago

The union representing about 270 Montgomery County’s Children Services employees on Monday filed a 10-day notice of those workers’ intent to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19. About three-fourths of those employees represented by the Professionals Guild of Ohio are child welfare caseworkers, while others are clerical...
Local group one of 32 agencies to win national education honor
 Dayton-Montgomery County was one of 32 communities nationally and the only one in Ohio honored last week by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a “pacesetter” in early education. CGLR’s annual Pacesetter honors highlight communities that report measurable progress on key indicators of early school success in...

Posted: 15 days ago

Dayton-Montgomery County was one of 32 communities nationally and the only one in Ohio honored last week by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a “pacesetter” in early education. CGLR’s annual Pacesetter honors highlight communities that report measurable progress on key indicators of early school success in...
Montgomery County Children Services workers file strike notice with state
 The Professionals Guild of Ohio, representing 272 employees in Montgomery County’s Children Services Division, has filed with the State Employment Relations Board a 10-day notice of their intent to strike, Montgomery County officials confirmed Monday. The sides had reached impasse over wages for the third year of the employees&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Professionals Guild of Ohio, representing 272 employees in Montgomery County’s Children Services Division, has filed with the State Employment Relations Board a 10-day notice of their intent to strike, Montgomery County officials confirmed Monday. The sides had reached impasse over wages for the third year of the employees&rsquo...
Dayton may borrow for school projects after expert’s advice
 Dayton Public Schools leaders are now weighing whether to spend tens of millions of dollars of their cash balance on recently approved capital projects, as originally planned, or borrow some of the money instead to spread out the cost. A consultant told the school board that DPS’ initial three-year plan to spend more than $50 million...

Posted: 15 days ago

Dayton Public Schools leaders are now weighing whether to spend tens of millions of dollars of their cash balance on recently approved capital projects, as originally planned, or borrow some of the money instead to spread out the cost. A consultant told the school board that DPS’ initial three-year plan to spend more than $50 million...
Dayton schools call family engagement weak point, push new strategies
 After 18 months of strategic changes, Dayton Public Schools leaders acknowledge the district still needs to turn a corner in family engagement — both communicating better with students’ families, and helping those families be better involved in their children’s education. The district is trying to create a PTO group at each...

Posted: 16 days ago

After 18 months of strategic changes, Dayton Public Schools leaders acknowledge the district still needs to turn a corner in family engagement — both communicating better with students’ families, and helping those families be better involved in their children’s education. The district is trying to create a PTO group at each...
Court reversal: Jefferson school parents can switch to Valley View
 A Franklin County judge ruled that a group of families can legally transfer their property from the Jefferson Twp. school district to the Valley View district — the latest step in an ongoing legal challenge. In February, the state school board had voted to reject the transfer, but Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Serrott...

Posted: 21 days ago

A Franklin County judge ruled that a group of families can legally transfer their property from the Jefferson Twp. school district to the Valley View district — the latest step in an ongoing legal challenge. In February, the state school board had voted to reject the transfer, but Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Serrott...
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