Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.

Lori Ward is stepping down from her position as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.

The school board decided not to renew the contracts of both Ward and treasurer Craig Jones in February. That move opened the doors to contract negotiations. Yesterday, the district announced they were unable to agree on new terms with Ward, who has served as superintendent since 2010. Since then, graduation rates have gone up, but the district’s performance on state tests has not improved.


Nick Weldy

Our American Graduate series, What’s Next, is a look at how high school seniors figure out what to do with their lives. Yesterday we heard about how students are finding their way to college and careers through their guidance counselors.

But there’s one option that at least some counselors may be missing: technical training for careers that don’t require college. And lots of technical occupations have open positions that can be hard to fill. One example is firefighting.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.

Education officials in Ohio are asking parents, teachers and other residents to help refine learning standards in the state.

The Ohio Department of Education wants residents to review math and English standards using an online survey.

The standards were adopted in 2010 as the state moved to Common Core and this is the first time the state has conducted a revision since the standards were put in place. They specify what students should learn at specific grade levels and stipulate what they should know when they finish high school.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.

The Dayton Public School district has announced the launch of a new office for males of color. It’s modeled after projects in Oakland, California and in Minneapolis designed to address racial disparities in education as well as suspensions and expulsions. The district’s chief of school innovation, David Lawrence, spent time in both of those districts and spearheaded the launch here.

Madison Local Schools middletown
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio school district plans a series of forums to discuss safety and other concerns in the aftermath of last week's cafeteria shooting.

Madison Local Schools near Middletown says it will meet with groups including law enforcement and emergency responders. It begins forums on safety, security and support in schools this Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Parents and guardians are invited to participate and share their thoughts and ideas.

Darren McGarvey at Kettering Fairmont High School, with his cast of Romeo and Juliet
Luke Dennis / WYSO

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and today more than ever, high schools are grappling with how to teach him, since he is required reading in the Common Core standards.  

Some teachers say just because Shakespeare’s 400 years old, that doesn’t mean he can’t make you blush. Culture Couch took a look at how classrooms in greater Dayton and Cincinnati are giving students the freedom to make the Bard their own.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.

The Dayton Public School district is in the middle of a few major transitions: the district is facing failing grades from the state, and the possibility of a takeover if the district doesn’t improve test scores over three years.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education has released its annual school report card data. The report measures school district performance based on test scores from the 2014-2015 school year.

Oakwood City Schools was one of only six districts in the state to receive an “A” rating for its overall test scores. Beavercreek, Yellow Springs, and Centerville City Schools all earned "B" ratings in that category.

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An Ohio bill seeks to ensure that public school students who want to express their religious viewpoints can get the same access to school facilities as secular student groups.

A House committee is set to vote on the measure Wednesday. The bill also would remove a provision in law that lets school districts limit the exercise or expression of religion to lunch periods or other non-instructional time periods.

School Districts Protest Charter School Funding System

Jan 27, 2016
Andy Chow

Several school districts in Ohio have recently passed resolutions asking the state to directly fund charter schools.  Now, many of those districts have also sent the state department of education invoices to show that millions of dollars are being pulled from their funding to follow students when they leave for a charter school. 

Chad Aldis, with the pro-charter school organization the Fordham Institute, says sending invoices is a bit theatrical.