Ariel Van Cleave

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Even though she was mainly covering the stories others didn’t want… she was hooked. Since then Ariel has reported from places like the Illinois Statehouse and far-flung towns and villages in Alaska. She is a music geek, book nerd and is always up for a discussion about the finer points of public radio.


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Gov. John Kasich has set the dates for the special primary and election to find Congressman John Boehner’s replacement.


According to a news release, Secretary of State Jon Husted directed boards of elections for the counties in the 8th Congressional District to begin preparing.


The special primary for the seat will be held March 15 of the next year. It’ll be held in conjunction with the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. The special general election will be June 7.


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 is keeping an eye on Dayton Public Schools this year. The district is on watch: it has three years to stop failing on state report cards, or face a state takeover.

A review team released its recommendations in May with ways to improve DPS. Some changes are already underway in classrooms across the district.



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On Tuesday, voters will decide three major statewide issues, but there are also some important local campaigns.

Vandalia-Butler School District

The Vandalia-Butler School District has a renewal property tax levy on the ballot next week.

Usually renewal levies are easy to pass—as they don’t raise anyone’s taxes. But at least one resident is planning to vote no.


Benjamin Jones lives in Butler Township and is tired of funding his local school district with property taxes—the value of your home or property determines how much you pay.


“There’s problems here. This financial model doesn’t work.”


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Gov. John Kasich was among 10 Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage Wednesday night.


This was Kasich’s chance to get more attention. He’s still struggling to gain traction is early voting states like New Hampshire and Iowa.


During his opening statement, the governor echoed his pre-debate rally comments telling voters he’s tired of the “nonsense” he’s heard from the other candidates.


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

Four people are vying for three seats on the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education. Three of the candidates are running for re-election while the fourth is hoping his outsider’s view of the district will help him win.


There’s one thing that’s on every candidate’s mind: the potential for a state takeover because of the district’s poor performance.


Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Ohio lawmakers at the federal level are working on their own charter school reform proposal. The state passed a measure earlier this month meant to crack down on bad charters.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says this renewed push for reform comes after the U.S. Department of Education gave Ohio $71 million for its charter school system. He says the Charter School Accountability Act would ensure that money would go to schools with a proven track record of success.


The Hispanic Outreach Program in Springfield, helps younger students all the way through graduation.
Scott Marshall / Springfield City Schools

The White House is recognizing Springfield City School District’s Hispanic Outreach Program. It’s been named one of the “150 National Commitments to Action.”


Lordes Narvaez Soto coordinates the program, which serves more than 400 Latino children in the school district. It does more than just help kids get through school, it also connects parents and their children with housing, clothing, medical care and legal aid.


Joe Parlette has been named Dayton’s Acting Assistant City Manager. Interim City Manager Shelley Dickstein made the announcement Monday.


According to a news release, Parlette is now responsible for oversight of city operations in the departments of water, fire, public works and recreation and youth services. He’s worked for the since 2002 in various departments.


Salt Settlement Distribution Announced

Oct 2, 2015
The Attorney General's office will begin sending settlement checks to 848 entities across the state.
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Nearly $12 million will be distributed across 850 Ohio communities, stemming from a settlement between the state and two salt companies.