Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Xenia and Fairborn Schools are asking voters to approve additional funding to construct new school buildings.

Fairborn City Schools is hoping to replace its elementary school buildings, which are over 50 years old.

“There are leaky roof issues, water comes from the floor from the ground, technology has become an issue with wiring and routers," said Fairborn City Schools spokesperson Pam Gayheart. "So they’re just really old and it’s hard to fix everything that is going wrong.


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Both West Carrollton and Oakwood City Schools are asking voters to approve additional funding on the November 8 Ballot.



New funding for West Carrollton City Schools hasn’t been approved in nine years. So, when voters rejected the district’s 5.5 mill levy last March, the situation became dire. West Carrollton cut bus transportation for high school and preschool students. It also cut $215,000 from school services.


April Laissle

Since 2013, there have been nearly 200 school shootings in the U.S., according to a study by advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. Two of those happened in Ohio, prompting school district administrators to re-evaluate their security plans. An increasing number of them have turned to arming teachers and staff members.

 In a middle-school science classroom, teachers and school staff members stare up at a police officer lecturing at the front of the room.

A suburban Cincinnati school district has closed schools after a woman reported being grabbed around the neck by a male dressed as a clown who she said made a threat against students.

Reading Community City School District officials referred to the threat in a Facebook posting announcing district schools would be closed Friday. School officials said they take all threats seriously and were concerned about the number of students who walk to school in the early morning.

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A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.

Ohio Charter Schools Seek Federal Funding

Sep 19, 2016
Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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After the state nearly lost millions in federal grant money because of a charter school data scrubbing scandal, it’s now working on creating a system that can identify the best charter schools in Ohio and award them millions of dollars to keep that success going.

The U.S. Department of Education has now agreed to send as much as $71 million, if the state proves it can be successful in helping effective charter schools continue to be successful and expand.

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

This year’s release of school report cards brought good news to Dayton Public Schools.

The report revealed the district will avoid a 2018 takeover by the state’s academic distress commission. That’s because for the first time ever,  it earned an A rating in the value-added category, which measures student progress.

DPS was on track for takeover because it scored F’s in both that category and in overall performance for 3 straight years.

State Leaders Brace For Dramatic Drop In State Report Card Grades

Sep 15, 2016
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 plans to release its state school report cards Thursday morning and state leaders are telling parents, students and educators to brace themselves for significantly lower than usual grades. 

The state has raised the bar on what qualifies as being proficient and how many students need to reach that standard to get a good report card grade.

Schools that are used to getting A’s and B’s could see their grades drop to D’s and even F’s.

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ITT Technical Institute is set close its campuses nationwide, including its Dayton location on Stop Eight Road.

The announcement was made Tuesday after years of federal and state-level investigations into the for-profit university’s recruiting and accounting practices.

The U.S. Department of Education recently ordered the institution to cease enrolling students on federal financial aid. That move deprived the school of a major source of funding.


ITT Tech operates 9 campuses in Ohio and has about 2,000 students statewide.

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More families in Montgomery County will be getting tuition help for their preschoolers. On Wednesday, officials announced the expansion of Preschool Promise – part of the Dayton area’s Learn to Earn initiative that hopes to make preschool affordable for every 4-year-old.

The pilot-program began in the city of Kettering just a few years ago. Mayor Don Patterson says it’s been a big help to families there.