Dayton Public Schools

April Laissle

Rhonda Corr has been named the new superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.

Corr previously worked as an area superintendent in Chicago and Indianapolis Public Schools. She began her career as a Spanish teacher in Cleveland.

“Look at the data: our kids are not learning," said Corr in last week's public forum with DPS parents. "I am here because I have done the work in Chicago. I walked into Chicago and we turned around the schools quickly”

April Laissle

More than 200 parents and Dayton community members packed into the auditorium at River's Edge Montessori School for the chance to meet and interview the 3 finalists for Dayton Public Schools Superintendent.

The School Board narrowed their candidate pool down to Rhonda Corr, a former area superintendent in Indianapolis and Chicago, Gregory Roberson, an ex-military sergeant and Chief of the Office for Exceptional Children at Dayton Public Schools, and Daniel Schroer, the superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools in Castalia, Ohio.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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Dayton Public Schools hosted a town hall meeting last night at the Dayton Boys Preparatory school, just weeks after announcing the departure of Superintendent Lori Ward.

Ward spent the meeting, which was held in partnership with the NAACP, outlining how the district ended up at risk of a state takeover, and how they plan to recover.

“We went through 3 years of almost 150 teachers leaving the district," Ward said to the crowd. "So strategy: all buildings will be staffed with effective teachers and provided high quality on-going professional development.”

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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Lori Ward is stepping down from her position as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.

The school board decided not to renew the contracts of both Ward and treasurer Craig Jones in February. That move opened the doors to contract negotiations. Yesterday, the district announced they were unable to agree on new terms with Ward, who has served as superintendent since 2010. Since then, graduation rates have gone up, but the district’s performance on state tests has not improved.

 

Joanne Viskup

For some high school kids, figuring out a plan after senior years is as simple as apply to college and go, or start looking for a job.

But plenty of teenagers are facing issues a lot of adults would struggle with, financial and family pressures that make just getting to graduation tough—let alone, looking ahead.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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The Dayton Public School district has announced the launch of a new office for males of color. It’s modeled after projects in Oakland, California and in Minneapolis designed to address racial disparities in education as well as suspensions and expulsions. The district’s chief of school innovation, David Lawrence, spent time in both of those districts and spearheaded the launch here.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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The Dayton Public School district is in the middle of a few major transitions: the district is facing failing grades from the state, and the possibility of a takeover if the district doesn’t improve test scores over three years.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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The employment status of two high-ranking Dayton Public Schools administrators is now up in the air.

Dayton’s School Board elected not to renew the contracts of Superintendent Lori Ward and Treasurer Craig Jones at a meeting last night. The board can still opt to bring the two back under new contracts.

School Board member John McManus said the decision is a step in the negotiation process.

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The latest Ohio School report card data shows Dayton Public Schools' graduation rates lag behind every other school district in the Miami Valley. According to a new study by the Ohio Education Policy Institute, those rates are reflective of a larger trend among the state's school districts.

 

The analysis revealed that school districts with more low-income students had graduation rates 23 percentage points lower than affluent districts. 

A possible state takeover of Dayton Public Schools was likely on the minds of voters who returned two school board members to their positions in Tuesday’s election, but who also voted in a newcomer who campaigned on holding school administrators accountable for the school’s poor performance. 

School board members Sheila Taylor, and Robert Walker will serve additional 4-year terms on the Dayton School board.  Joining them and the remaining board members will be John McManus, an outsider in the race who says his message of accountability was heard by voters.

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