Education

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.”

Jerry Kenney

Three local teams of high school students are headed to the World FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis this week. FIRST™ is the acronym For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The teams are made up of students from Oakwood, Fairmont, Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), Springboro, West Carrollton and Vandalia.

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The University of Dayton announced Thursday that current Interim Provost Paul Benson will take on the position permanently in July. Benson replaces Joseph Saliba, who stepped down in 2014.

Benson has worked for the university since 1985, first as a professor and then as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He will serve a four-year term as provost.

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.

 

Nick Weldy

Our American Graduate series, What’s Next, is a look at how high school seniors figure out what to do with their lives. Yesterday we heard about how students are finding their way to college and careers through their guidance counselors.

But there’s one option that at least some counselors may be missing: technical training for careers that don’t require college. And lots of technical occupations have open positions that can be hard to fill. One example is firefighting.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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Education officials in Ohio are asking parents, teachers and other residents to help refine learning standards in the state.

The Ohio Department of Education wants residents to review math and English standards using an online survey.

The standards were adopted in 2010 as the state moved to Common Core and this is the first time the state has conducted a revision since the standards were put in place. They specify what students should learn at specific grade levels and stipulate what they should know when they finish high school.

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.

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio school district plans a series of forums to discuss safety and other concerns in the aftermath of last week's cafeteria shooting.

Madison Local Schools near Middletown says it will meet with groups including law enforcement and emergency responders. It begins forums on safety, security and support in schools this Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Parents and guardians are invited to participate and share their thoughts and ideas.

Darren McGarvey at Kettering Fairmont High School, with his cast of Romeo and Juliet
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2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and today more than ever, high schools are grappling with how to teach him, since he is required reading in the Common Core standards.  

Some teachers say just because Shakespeare’s 400 years old, that doesn’t mean he can’t make you blush. Culture Couch took a look at how classrooms in greater Dayton and Cincinnati are giving students the freedom to make the Bard their own.

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.

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