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Dr. David Estrop and Mario Basora held a press conference to explain why their respective school districts are applying for assessment testing waivers from the state.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts are applying for a five-year waiver to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements. There was a little staged magic involved in today's press conference on the issue.

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs are part of the Innovation Lab Network - a group of schools that use alternative teaching models. Estrop was also speaking for the Global STEM Academy in Springfield that is also applying for a waiver.

courtesy of Dayton History

Tomorrow, on Saturday, at 9:00am there is a slow-paced walk through the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. This is home to many diverse species of birds and the bare trees make it easy for viewing. Don't forget your camera and binoculars!

The Junior Leaguers Club of Dayton is sponsoring a special screening of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on Saturday at noon at The Neon. This is a 2014 American satirical film that focuses on African American students who attend a predominately white university.

In December, Ohio lawmakers passed a new redistricting process to put on the Ohio ballot this fall. But that plan doesn’t affect all redistricting, only legislative districts. Democratic State Rep. Mike Curtin has come up with a similar redistricting plan for congressional districts too.

“The 16 congressional districts in Ohio are even more badly hyper gerrymandered than our state legislative districts. They are all absurdly drawn districts. Everyone acknowledges that. And yet we are not dealing with it,” he said. 

2-year Effort Aims To Prepare 500K Ohioans For Emergencies

Feb 26, 2015
American Red Cross
American Red Cross

The American Red Cross and Columbia Gas have launched a new effort aimed at getting more Ohioans ready for fires, floods and other emergencies.

The two-year initiative seeks to prepare a half million Ohio residents by making emergency plans, building kits or getting trained ahead of disasters.

The effort was announced Thursday at a news conference. The state's Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Public Safety Director John Born were among those scheduled to attend.

Ohio's high court recent ruling limits local power over gas drilling.
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State statistics show oil production has more than doubled and natural gas has tripled in Ohio in the past year.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the last three months of 2014. During the same quarter in 2013, Ohio wells produced 1.4 million barrels of oil and 43 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The increase was fueled by a building boom of wells.

Maziar Bahari is a journalist, film maker and human rights activist from Iran. His work landed him in an Iranian prison for several month’s in 2009. His memoir Then They Came for Me was the basis for The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. In 2014 Bahari produced and directed the documentary film To Light a Candle about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran. 

To find out more about the film and its maker, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dr. Jim Malarky, Chair of Humanities at Antioch University. 

Antioch College Aims To Build Sustainable Village On Campus
Image courtesty of Antioch College

This weekend Antioch College kicks off a community input process for a housing project that would be located on the college campus.

Housing, and especially affordable housing, is a big issue in Yellow Springs—where housing prices never tanked the way they did regionally, and both rentals and purchases run high.

Group Asking Kasich To Focus On College Student Debt

Feb 26, 2015

In his State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich made another big push for his budget plan, which includes policies directed at higher education. But at least one group says the plan doesn’t do enough for college students.

Kasich’s budget plan includes a cap and freeze on tuition increases. But the group “Young Invincibles” believes that will only shift more of the burden onto the students in the long run.

Three finalists have been selected to replace Dr. David Estrop as superintendent of the Springfield City Schools. Estrop is retiring at the end of the school year, and the school board is hoping to select his replacement by the end of March.
 

District Treasurer Dale Miller says the finalists are all superintendents of other Ohio school districts: Robert Hill from Firelands Local School District in Cleveland, Guy Parmigian from Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District in Oak Harbor, and Carl Metzger from South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

Ohio's Strickland To Focus US Senate Bid On Opportunity

Feb 25, 2015
Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities for average people.
 
The former governor announced the run, as expected, on Wednesday. His entry adds a formidable statewide name to what is expected to be one of the most watched and expensive of next year's Senate races.
 

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