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WYSO Weekend: July 08, 2018

Jul 8, 2018


A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued 30,000 suspensions to K-through-third-grade students in the 2016 school year. In Dayton, hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year. It’s a problem education policy experts have been trying to tackle for years. Many studies show children who miss too much school struggle to keep up when they return. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, this is especially true for elementary age students.

 

Now our look at the state’s high rates of suspensions for young students continues with a more detailed discussion about how some lawmakers have proposed banning such minor-offense school suspensions. WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with April Laissle to learn more about the legislation.

 


More than 140,000 Ohio students are preparing to enter their senior year of high school. But for thousands of them, the year won’t end with a walk across a stage in a cap and gown. That is unless lawmakers move the graduation goal post once again. StateImpact Ohio’s Ashton Marra reports it’s a lingering question that’s creating uncertainty for rising seniors in the state’s high schools.

 

This week on Senior Voices, Mary Jane Martin talks about her early life in rural Alabama, and has some good advice to pass on to her grandkids. She shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Wallace-King.

 

Fifty years ago a movie director named Peter Yates and a young rising star named Steve McQueen made a car into a movie star. The movie was called Bullitt. McQueen played a cop who drove a highland Green 68 Mustang fastback. Car guy and Culture Couch producer Jim Kahle has the story.

 

As you've heard us say, everyday WYSO gives voice to our community, our nation and our world and one voice that we looked for this week was that of a local farmer for a report we did on local corn crops.  We found that voice from a Jamestown farmer named Jim Spahr. He owns and operates an 800+ acre farm and has been doing that work for about 45 years. We talked to him, not only about this year’s corn crop, but farm life in general and issues like the use of chemicals in farming and the challenges that come from rural living. We spoke to him at his farm located in Jamestown on the road that bears his name.