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Ohio Charter Schools Seek Federal Funding

Sep 19, 2016
Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

After the state nearly lost millions in federal grant money because of a charter school data scrubbing scandal, it’s now working on creating a system that can identify the best charter schools in Ohio and award them millions of dollars to keep that success going.

The U.S. Department of Education has now agreed to send as much as $71 million, if the state proves it can be successful in helping effective charter schools continue to be successful and expand.

The new novel by Raul Ramos y Sanchez is quite different from his previous books. In his latest effort "The Skinny Years" Sanchez has mined his memories of being a young Cuban immigrant living in Miami during the 1960's. While this fiction has some elements of autobiography they primarily serve to make this story ring true. Sanchez was there and his protagonist, a youth with the nickname of "Skinny" is slowly becoming a man. We follow Skinny's adventures over a ten year period.
 

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Tonight in downtown Dayton there’s a huge after-work street party! Enjoy live performances and demonstrations in music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. This festival takes place on Main Street between First and Second streets. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Friday, 5-9pm.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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This year’s release of school report cards brought good news to Dayton Public Schools.

The report revealed the district will avoid a 2018 takeover by the state’s academic distress commission. That’s because for the first time ever,  it earned an A rating in the value-added category, which measures student progress.

DPS was on track for takeover because it scored F’s in both that category and in overall performance for 3 straight years.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

Libby McClin

As the seven members of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra tour through the Midwest, the band made a stop in Yellow Springs for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions. 

Find more information on Burnt Sugar  Arkestra at: http://burntsugarindex.com/

Fiber Artists Prepare for 21st Annual Woolgathering

Sep 16, 2016
Yarn spun and died by Laura Krugh
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the 16th century, if a person said you were woolgathering, it meant you were daydreaming. This came from the act of peasants ambling along sheep paths and gathering up the tufts of wool where it had snagged on fences and thorny bushes. This weekend woolgathering is being proudly used to describe one of the largest gatherings of fiber artists with over 100 vendors from across the country. They’ll converge on Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the 21st Annual Woolgathering.

The Way I Feel About Music: A Teenager Reflects

Sep 15, 2016
Alexandra Spitz
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we meet Alexandra Spitz, a Yellow Springs teenager, who shares a love of music with her mom.

Alexandra Spitz is a student at Yellow Springs High School.  Special thanks to Eli Hurwitz, Library Media Specialist at Yellow Springs High School.

Support for Dayton Youth Radio comes from Virginia W. Kettering Foundation.

Police in Columbus responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus near the intersection of South 18th Street and East Capital Street, just off East Broad Street.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

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