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Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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Four new members are set to join the Dayton School Board.

Voters elected three members of a four candidate campaign slate:  Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, and Karen Wick-Gagnet. DPS Parent Jocelyn Rhynard also secured a spot on the seven member board.

Campaign slate member Paul Bradley, incumbent Joe Lacey, and candidates Anne Marie Gallin and Jo'el Jones all fell short of winning seats.

 

 

 

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
April Laissle / WYSO

As Election Day approaches, WYSO is taking a look at some of the important issues on the ballot. This year's Dayton School Board race is unusually crowded, with eight candidates vying for four seats. 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, Karen Wick-Gagnet, Jo'el Jones, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacy, and Ann Marie "Mario" Gallin are all on the ballot. WYSO news editor Jess Mador sat down with WYSO reporter April Laissle to discuss the race, the district and the candidates.

 

 

Dayton Public Schools
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A recent report from the Ohio Department of Education has revealed that around a quarter of Ohio’s high school seniors are not on track to meet the state’s new testing requirements for graduation. In urban school districts, the number is even higher. Many districts are turning to alternative pathways to graduation.

Last year, after the Ohio Department of Education raised testing requirements for the class of 2018, school officials across the state said they were expecting to see massive drops in graduation rates as a result.

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
April Laissle / WYSO

Dozens of people packed into the Dayton Public Library Monday night to learn more about the crowded race for Dayton School Board. Eight candidates faced off in a debate just weeks before the fall election. The race is attracting attention because a majority of the board’s seats are up for grabs.

At the forum, candidates clashed over staffing issues, educational policy for immigrant students, and the need for a new tax levy.

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School board candidates from three districts in the Miami Valley are set to speak tonight at a forum sponsored by the Dayton NAACP.

School Board hopefuls from Dayton, Trotwood, and Jefferson Township are all set to convene tonight at a moderated forum in Dayton. The event will include time for constituents to meet each candidate.

 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Ann Marie Gallin, Bill Harris Jr., Jo’el Jones, incumbent Joe Lacey, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet are competing for 4 seats on the Dayton School Board.

Dayton Public Schools
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State school report cards were released Thursday. The annual Ohio Department of Education evaluations measure the educational performance of districts across the state.

After last year's state report cards were released, many DPS officials breathed a sigh of relief. The district had earned an “A” grade in overall student progress, allowing it to avoid state takeover. The district had been at risk after receiving failing grades for the previous three years.

This year, results weren’t quite as rosy.

April Laissle

A panel of public school advocates and experts convened Tuesday to discuss the crowded race for Dayton School Board seats this fall. The terms of four of the seven members of the board are set to expire this year, with only one incumbent running for re-election.

In all, eight candidates are running for the open positions: Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Ann Marie Gallin, Bill Harris Jr., Jo’el Jones, Joe Lacey, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet.

The election comes at a tumultuous time for DPS.  

 

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is touting the accomplishments of a program designed to help prepare public school students for college and careers.

 

The city launched the City of Learners initiative in 2014. It includes universal pre-K for Dayton children, a program Whaley, who is running for Ohio governor, has said she'd push to expand statewide, if elected.

Dayton Public Schools
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The Dayton teachers union voted Thursday night to approve a new contract with Dayton Public Schools. The vote put an end to a tumultuous months-long negotiations process and prevented a planned teacher strike ahead of the new school year.

Hundreds of DEA members met Thursday night to ratify the contract deal at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.

DPS teacher Rachel Horowitz says she was relieved when she learned an agreeement had been reached between the union and the district.

She’s excited to return to school on Tuesday.

The nearly 1,100 members of the Dayton Education Association teachers union are expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a tentative contract deal. If the union approves the contract, it would put an end to months of tense negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools administration and avert a planned strike.

Negotiations ended overnight Thursday after more than 18 hours of talks, resulting in a collective bargaining agreement. Details have not yet been released.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel at 4:30 p.m. 

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