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Commentary: Economic De-segregation In The Miami Valley

Sep 18, 2017
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Last summer, a nonprofit called EdBuild examined child poverty rate disparities between neighboring school districts. They then ranked neighboring school districts from largest to smallest disparities. Of the top ten largest disparities in the US, two of them were in the Miami Valley. Danielle Rhubart is a lecturer and sociologist at University of Dayton. She studies poverty in urban and rural communities and brings us this commentary - about why poverty disparity matters and how to fix it.

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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.  

 

April Laissle

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday night to come up with a 'Plan B.' DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15. But, many parents are still worried about how a strike could affect their kids.

In a small meeting room at Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton, about three dozen parents have come to hear the latest about the possible teacher strike, and to brainstorm ideas.

April Laissle

At a crowded reception Thursday, new Wright State University President Cheryl B. Schrader addressed campus for the first time since taking office July 1. In her speech, Schrader repeatedly acknowledged the university’s financial problems.

"While all of us would probably prefer to be on more sound financial footing at this time, I know that we can't afford to dwell on the mistakes of the past...rather we must learn from them."

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Ohio’s largest online charter school has promised to continue its legal battle with the state department of education. But the state school board still voted today to require the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to return $60 million in overpayments for students it couldn’t prove were enrolled full time.

A federal mediator has suspended contract negotiations with representatives of Dayton Public Schools and the teachers union, after the two parties reached a stalemate. The suspension of talks could impact the start of the 2017-2018 school year, union officials say.

Negotiations are set to resume in August. If an agreement isn’t reached before the district’s August 15 start date, the union may move ahead with plans to strike.

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Antioch University Midwest is planning to sell its building in Yellow Springs. The school is looking to relocate to a smaller space in a more centrally located area, such as Dayton, officials say.

In a letter Wednesday, Interim Chancellor Bill Groves told students and staff the school has hired a real estate firm to scout out potential buyers for the 94,000-square-foot building on Dayton Street. The property may officially go up for sale as early as August.   

Groves says changes in student educational preferences prompted the decision.

April Laissle

Flanked by U-Haul moving trucks, more than 100 teachers rallied outside a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night amid ongoing contract negotiations. The trucks were carrying classroom materials packed by the teachers in preparation for a possible strike.

 

 “As you can imagine, the decision to move our personal belongings out of classrooms where many teachers have been teaching for years and years does not come easily and was not taken lightly,” said David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association.

 

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Next year’s graduating high school senior must get a good score over seven different final tests or on a college entrance exam, or earn an industry credential. As many as 47,000 high school juniors are potentially on track to fail to meet those standards. An amendment that may be attached to the budget in the Senate seeks to help those students.

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