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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.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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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.

 

 

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

 

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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Dayton Public Schools students are heading back to class on Thursday, and the district’s bus drivers will have a slight bump in pay when they return. More money was a sticking point during contract talks that went on for more than a year between the drivers' union and the Dayton Public Schools (DPS).

The contract agreement reached this spring required DPS to commission a study comparing its pay with other Ohio districts.

Beginning DPS drivers will now earn $13.31 per hour, which is a 2 percent increase. The district’s most seasoned drivers will make $18.53.

New State Rules Mean More Charters For Some Cities

Jul 29, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The state of Ohio has new guidelines for how it handles failing public school districts. Part of that law paves the way for an increase in charter schools.

The new rules would allow the state to recruit charter sponsors to come to a city with a troubled district. And right now, Youngstown City Schools is the only affected district. Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says this push means the state is walking a fine line between improving its traditional public schools and relying on charters to educate students.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education is drawing attention to the differences between the state’s traditional public and charter schools. The board wants charters on a more level playing field.

Dayton, DPS Offering Incentive To New Teachers

Jun 12, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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First-year teachers in the Dayton Public School District could receive a $1,000 stipend to live and work within Dayton city limits.

The incentive is part of the City of Learners initiative launched by Mayor Nan Whaley and DPS earlier this year. There’s a need for high-qualified teachers in the district, which is expecting mass retirements over the next few years--some due to changes in the state’s retirement system. Competition with other charter and private schools in Dayton also affects hiring.

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