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Preschool Promise expands sites, doubles quality training
 Montgomery County’s Preschool Promise program approved contracts this week to expand into Mad River, Jefferson Twp. and Trotwood schools, and to fund another classroom in Dayton Public Schools. The expansion to three new districts, funded by the county, means Preschool Promise classrooms will serve about 200 students in Trotwood-Madison...

Posted: 19 days ago

Montgomery County’s Preschool Promise program approved contracts this week to expand into Mad River, Jefferson Twp. and Trotwood schools, and to fund another classroom in Dayton Public Schools. The expansion to three new districts, funded by the county, means Preschool Promise classrooms will serve about 200 students in Trotwood-Madison...
Dayton to demolish two former schools; headquarters move in works
 Two more of Dayton’s older, closed school buildings will be demolished, and Dayton Public Schools continues to make incremental progress toward moving its headquarters across Ludlow Street. The school board this week approved a resolution to demolish the former Valerie Elementary at 4020 Bradwood Drive (near Philadelphia and Turner)...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two more of Dayton’s older, closed school buildings will be demolished, and Dayton Public Schools continues to make incremental progress toward moving its headquarters across Ludlow Street. The school board this week approved a resolution to demolish the former Valerie Elementary at 4020 Bradwood Drive (near Philadelphia and Turner)...
3 Dayton school board incumbents not running for re-election
 Dayton’s school board will have three open seats up for grabs this fall because none of the three incumbents whose terms are ending plans to run for re-election. Robert Walker, Sheila Taylor and John McManus confirmed this week that they will step down from the board at the end of the year. That means by January, all seven school board...

Posted: 21 days ago

Dayton’s school board will have three open seats up for grabs this fall because none of the three incumbents whose terms are ending plans to run for re-election. Robert Walker, Sheila Taylor and John McManus confirmed this week that they will step down from the board at the end of the year. That means by January, all seven school board...
Lawmakers eye temporary halt to school takeovers, pending new bill
 The leaders of Ohio’s House and Senate said Wednesday that a temporary moratorium on new state takeovers of schools could be put in place this week to give the legislature more time to construct a new intervention for low-scoring schools. The issue is currently under consideration by a conference committee of House and Senate legislators...

Posted: 22 days ago

The leaders of Ohio’s House and Senate said Wednesday that a temporary moratorium on new state takeovers of schools could be put in place this week to give the legislature more time to construct a new intervention for low-scoring schools. The issue is currently under consideration by a conference committee of House and Senate legislators...
Dayton leader backs RTA busing plan for students, but it won’t be ready until October
 Dayton school superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Tuesday night that after some hesitation earlier this month, she will move ahead and recommend a new contract with RTA to provide limited-service busing to high school students. But Lolli said the school board still has to approve the actual contract with RTA at a July meeting, and she said...

Posted: 22 days ago

Dayton school superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Tuesday night that after some hesitation earlier this month, she will move ahead and recommend a new contract with RTA to provide limited-service busing to high school students. But Lolli said the school board still has to approve the actual contract with RTA at a July meeting, and she said...
Will Dayton schools still face state takeover threat?
 Dayton Public Schools should find out this week whether the district is still at risk of state takeover in September, as the state legislature must finalize its budget bill by Sunday. The House version of the budget bill included a repeal of the state’s system of school takeover, instead calling for the lowest performing districts to...

Posted: 24 days ago

Dayton Public Schools should find out this week whether the district is still at risk of state takeover in September, as the state legislature must finalize its budget bill by Sunday. The House version of the budget bill included a repeal of the state’s system of school takeover, instead calling for the lowest performing districts to...
Trotwood teachers at odds with school leadership again
 Six months after a showdown between Trotwood-Madison teachers and district leadership, and with the parties currently locked in contract negotiations, the teachers union continues to lodge public complaints about changes made under superintendent Tyrone Olverson. Union president Angela Bruno on Friday released a June 7 letter that she said...

Posted: 26 days ago

Six months after a showdown between Trotwood-Madison teachers and district leadership, and with the parties currently locked in contract negotiations, the teachers union continues to lodge public complaints about changes made under superintendent Tyrone Olverson. Union president Angela Bruno on Friday released a June 7 letter that she said...
Ohio school funding rise aims at social issues; vouchers could expand
 In some years, the state’s funding formula for schools is the most intense fight in Ohio’s budget process. This time, once legislators agreed the huge Cupp-Patterson overhaul wasn’t ready, the issue drew comparatively little debate. Both the House and Senate now have passed budget bills keeping base state aid for schools...

Posted: 27 days ago

In some years, the state’s funding formula for schools is the most intense fight in Ohio’s budget process. This time, once legislators agreed the huge Cupp-Patterson overhaul wasn’t ready, the issue drew comparatively little debate. Both the House and Senate now have passed budget bills keeping base state aid for schools...
Repeal? Status quo? Senate vote leaves school takeover law in limbo.
 A controversial new state takeover plan for low-scoring schools, which had multiple long hearings in the Senate, was left out of the budget bill that the Senate passed Thursday. But the Senate did not adopt the Ohio House’s language ending state takeovers of struggling schools, either. That means a conference committee will have to...

Posted: 28 days ago

A controversial new state takeover plan for low-scoring schools, which had multiple long hearings in the Senate, was left out of the budget bill that the Senate passed Thursday. But the Senate did not adopt the Ohio House’s language ending state takeovers of struggling schools, either. That means a conference committee will have to...
Senate pushes new graduation rules with more weight on test scores
 The state budget bill that was reported out of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday and is expected to be voted on today by the full Senate would change Ohio high school graduation requirements again, starting with the Class of 2023. The graduation change was not part of the Ohio House’s version of the budget bill, which means...

Posted: 28 days ago

The state budget bill that was reported out of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday and is expected to be voted on today by the full Senate would change Ohio high school graduation requirements again, starting with the Class of 2023. The graduation change was not part of the Ohio House’s version of the budget bill, which means...
Dayton police use Taser on man threatening to walk into I-75 traffic
 Dayton police used a Taser to prevent a man from walking into Interstate 75 southbound traffic near downtown Wednesday afternoon, according to a police incident report. The report says officers were dispatched at 3:26 p.m. to the area of the Third Street/Salem Avenue exit on reports of a man in a neon shirt pacing on the side of the highway...

Posted: 29 days ago

Dayton police used a Taser to prevent a man from walking into Interstate 75 southbound traffic near downtown Wednesday afternoon, according to a police incident report. The report says officers were dispatched at 3:26 p.m. to the area of the Third Street/Salem Avenue exit on reports of a man in a neon shirt pacing on the side of the highway...
$450K water bill? $1.06M for gas? What does it cost to supply Dayton schools?
 Many local families plan out an annual budget for the things they know they’ll have to buy, and Dayton Public Schools does the same. But your annual bill for cleaning supplies probably isn’t $600,000. DPS’ biggest costs are personnel related (well over $100 million per year), but this month the school board will vote on...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019

Many local families plan out an annual budget for the things they know they’ll have to buy, and Dayton Public Schools does the same. But your annual bill for cleaning supplies probably isn’t $600,000. DPS’ biggest costs are personnel related (well over $100 million per year), but this month the school board will vote on...
Local teacher salaries vary by tens of thousands depending on district
 Dayton Public Schools teachers will see a significant pay bump this fall under a new contract awaiting final school board approval next week. But how do teacher salaries compare across the region? In Ohio, each school district negotiates teacher pay with its own teachers union, and each person’s salary is based on a scale that includes...

7:37 PM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Dayton Public Schools teachers will see a significant pay bump this fall under a new contract awaiting final school board approval next week. But how do teacher salaries compare across the region? In Ohio, each school district negotiates teacher pay with its own teachers union, and each person’s salary is based on a scale that includes...
New contract would give Dayton teachers No. 3 starting salary in area
 Dayton Public Schools’ pending teacher contract extension would make the district’s starting salary the third-highest in the area, behind only Oakwood and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The district declined to release contract documents last week, then posted them this week as part of a school board meeting agenda...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019

Dayton Public Schools’ pending teacher contract extension would make the district’s starting salary the third-highest in the area, behind only Oakwood and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The district declined to release contract documents last week, then posted them this week as part of a school board meeting agenda...
WARN notice: Dayton contractor to lay off 184
 After recent Dayton Public Schools’ contract action, a firm deploying substitute teachers, Parallel Education Division, said it will permanently close its Dayton office, affecting 184 employees, the company has notified the state. It is expected that many of the substitute teachers and school aides covered by Parallel’s WARN (Worker...

3:41 PM Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019

After recent Dayton Public Schools’ contract action, a firm deploying substitute teachers, Parallel Education Division, said it will permanently close its Dayton office, affecting 184 employees, the company has notified the state. It is expected that many of the substitute teachers and school aides covered by Parallel’s WARN (Worker...
Dayton schools change 20 of 25 principals in 2 years
 When Dayton Public Schools welcomes back students on Aug. 12, it’s likely that only five of the district’s 25 school buildings will have the same principal they had 16 months earlier. After 12 DPS school buildings got new principals last fall, 11 are slated to get new leaders in August, including three that will have a new principal...

5:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019

When Dayton Public Schools welcomes back students on Aug. 12, it’s likely that only five of the district’s 25 school buildings will have the same principal they had 16 months earlier. After 12 DPS school buildings got new principals last fall, 11 are slated to get new leaders in August, including three that will have a new principal...
State board sets ‘social-emotional’ standards for students: ‘I don’t believe we live in Mayberry anymore’
 The state school board on Tuesday approved a set of “social and emotional learning standards” for Ohio schools by an 11-6 vote, after lengthy debate over privacy, effectiveness and whether teaching those behavior skills are the schools’ role, or a family responsibility. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria described social-emotional...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019

The state school board on Tuesday approved a set of “social and emotional learning standards” for Ohio schools by an 11-6 vote, after lengthy debate over privacy, effectiveness and whether teaching those behavior skills are the schools’ role, or a family responsibility. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria described social-emotional...
New bill would require Ohio schools to name a valedictorian
 Each Ohio public high school would be required to name one valedictorian and one salutatorian if a bill being introduced by State Rep. Niraj Antani becomes law. Antani said he was surprised to learn last month that a growing number of schools are doing away with the valedictorian title — which generally goes to the student with the...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2019

Each Ohio public high school would be required to name one valedictorian and one salutatorian if a bill being introduced by State Rep. Niraj Antani becomes law. Antani said he was surprised to learn last month that a growing number of schools are doing away with the valedictorian title — which generally goes to the student with the...
Dayton schools hiring 10 new mental health specialists to assist students with trauma, behavioral issues
 *** A comprehensive spending plan recently approved by the Dayton Public Schools board includes spending $882,000 a year to hire 10 new behavioral/mental health specialists to place in schools across the district. The dollar amount is based on a $65,000 starting salary plus benefits. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the new employees...

6:47 PM Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

*** A comprehensive spending plan recently approved by the Dayton Public Schools board includes spending $882,000 a year to hire 10 new behavioral/mental health specialists to place in schools across the district. The dollar amount is based on a $65,000 starting salary plus benefits. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the new employees...
New school takeover bill headed for Senate hearings this week
 Ohio’s takeover model for low-scoring school districts has been under fire this year, but the Ohio Senate is likely to suggest a less drastic change than the full repeal bill passed by the House on May 1. This is crucial to Dayton Public Schools, the only district in the state currently at risk of a September takeover if its overall...

5:00 AM Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

Ohio’s takeover model for low-scoring school districts has been under fire this year, but the Ohio Senate is likely to suggest a less drastic change than the full repeal bill passed by the House on May 1. This is crucial to Dayton Public Schools, the only district in the state currently at risk of a September takeover if its overall...
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