Civic Enterprises
Civic Enterprises

A report was released this week by Civic Enterprises – a public policy group that finds graduation rates in the US have climbed over the last decade. The report is called Building a Grad Nation:Update to the Nation.

Amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world will once again make the trek to Dayton for Hamvention. Today, Saturday and Sunday they will feature the theme “Homebrew Radio” which focuses on the maker movement that is influencing the growth of amateur radio.

Also this weekend is A World A'Fair. This is the 43rd annual celebration of diversity that showcases the food, dancing, music, costumes, and cultural exhibits representing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley.

Brown Says Senate Must Balance Freedom And Security

May 15, 2015
Sherrod Brown

The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to end the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection of American’s telephone records, and the issue is now moving to the Senate. Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been a strong critic of what he sees as the excesses of the Patriot Act, including the bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency. And he met recently with CIA and NSA officials to discuss those concerns.

Brad Martin has submitted his resignation as the superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County.  The school board voted unanimously to accept his resignation on Tuesday, but deny any severance pay.

Martin had been suspended without pay since January and recently accepted a plea deal related to three felony counts that stated he used school funds to support a gambling habit.

An investigation by law enforcement revealed Brad Martin stole money from the school to spend more than 300 days gambling at a casino.

Growing Up In Foster Care: One Teen's Experience

May 14, 2015
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today in Dayton Youth Radio, project manager Basim Blunt introduces us to a teenager who grew up in foster care and shares some vivid memories of his experience.


18 year old Shakur Wortham told me that his whole life had been a lie. He had spent most of it in Foster Care and he's always had a hard time  getting close to people.

I knew he had a story inside of him but we couldn't get it on paper and we were running out of time. So one day we just went into the studio and hit record.

Dottie Stover / University of Cincinnati

A University of Cincinnati researcher, studying the safety of hookah steam stones, has found residues of toxic metals in simulated smoking scenarios.


Hookah steam stones are billed by the companies who make them as "hookah without the tobacco risk," and commonly considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking.


But Amberlie Clutterbuck, a UC doctoral student, found residues of toxic metals that included chromium, arsenic and cadmium.


Dan Patterson

Last week WYSO's aviation commentators, Paul Glenshaw and Dan Patterson, teamed up to cover the World War II Flyover in Washington DC. A parade of privately owned vintage warbirds celebrated the 70th of VE Day – the victory in Europe. Paul recorded voices and Dan took photographs to bring us this impression of the event.

Janeal Ravndal reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Nature Poem."

Kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Toomey is using cubes to help her students during a math lesson in Spanish.
Ariel Van Cleave / WYSO

Following a visit earlier this year, The Ohio Department of Education has released its recommendations for improving Dayton Public Schools.

To the state, DPS is considered “at risk.” A district review team was in Dayton in January to talk to teachers, administrators, parents and students to pinpoint areas in need of change. The big themes from the report are “consistency” and “training.” Team members found staff professional development was lacking, programs and missions changed too often and opportunities for students were not equal throughout the district.

Sheriff: Majority Of Work Finished In Tamir Rice Investigation

May 13, 2015
Nick Castele / WCPN

The Cuyahoga County sheriff says the majority of the work is now done in the investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland police last November. This was the sheriff's first update on the case.

Sheriff Clifford Pinkney kept his remarks brief and took no questions from reporters. He walked through a basic outline of the case and said it was nearing completion.