Dayton Public Schools

Remembering Dad: A Teen And His Family Reflect

Mar 26, 2015
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Robert Henderson is a senior in the Ponitz Career Technology Center's media arts department. Robert lost his father Robert Henderson Sr. when he was only 11 years old. Since he was young when this happened, he wanted to use his youth radio project to learn a little bit more about his dad. He spoke to his sister and his mom.

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

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For the class of 2015, graduation is drawing near. Many high school graduates will be leaving home, going off to college and some starting families. Ponitz Career Technology Center Media Arts senior Lucien Wright feels that many young black males have future plans career not based on reality but fantasy. 

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In preparing for the life skills he will need after graduation, Dayton Youth Radio producer King Jalaw Walker wanted to talk with two very important people to get some advice. If Jalaw doesn't change his ways, the Ponitz High School senior might miss out on his own graduation this spring. Here's his story:

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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The Dayton Public School District held another town hall meeting Monday night at Westwood Elementary. It’s the latest in a series of gatherings aimed at finding ways to push more money into the classroom by trimming other expenses.  

About two-thirds of the current $193 million budget is spent on teacher salaries and curriculum, but DPS officials say they can do better. Parents have offered up some ideas, and there have been consistent themes: reduce central office staff, which currently costs the district $4 million annually, and use transportation funds more wisely.

The West Dayton Youth Task Force is pushing for major improvements for the public schools located in West Dayton.
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Schools in West Dayton are among the lowest-performing in the Dayton Public School District. And DPS as a whole is ranked toward the bottom of the list for Ohio.
 

A grassroots group called The West Dayton Youth Task Force wants improvements now.

Lil Bruh: A Teen's Look At Family Connections

Feb 19, 2015
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DeAndre Stringer grew up without a father and has been grappling with what that means in his life. DeAndre is a senior at Ponitz Career Technology Center, and a student in the Media Arts program. In this story, Lil Bruh, DeAndre talks to his mother about what it was like having to be both mother and father, and he attempts to reach to his little brother who lives with his father in another state.

Sneaker Jones

Feb 12, 2015
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The Air Jordan basketball shoe is hands down the best selling sneaker in history.  With about $2 billion in sales, the sneaker is more than a consumer product, it's a symbol of status and wealth especially among the hip hop generation.  New Air Jordans go on sale usually twice a year, and unfortunately, there have been news stories of fights, vandalism and shootings associated with the sneaker since they came out in 1985. 

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Logan Walker is a vivacious and popular high school senior at Pontiz Career Technology Center in Dayton, and when you speak to Logan about her goals for the future, you'll find that she's passionate about becoming a TV journalist.  She thinks the deck is stacked against her because she's African American, but are her attitudes about race and a career in journalism misunderstood?

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

 

 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's City of Learners committee officially released its action plan.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s City of Learners committee has released its action plan.
 

The plan was developed over a year with help from more than 70 educators and leaders.  

The City of Learners committee wants to see more kids in preschool, internships with area businesses, and new afterschool and summer programs.

Mayor Nan Whaley says Dayton Public Schools also needs to focus on recruitment and retention of quality teachers.

The Ohio Department of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state.
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An Ohio Department of Education district review team is in Dayton this week because its schools are considered “at risk.”
 

The visit to Dayton Public Schools is part of a new early intervention effort from the state.

The week-long visit is the first step for troubled districts to address their problems with help from the state. DPS ranked second lowest in the state for student performance in the most recent report card. Dayton is serving as the guinea pig for this process.

 

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