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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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Wilberforce University has been struggling financially for more than a decade. Last fall, the school sliced $750,000 from payroll, but those cuts won’t carry the school through the next fiscal year, according to president Herman Felton, Jr.   

 “Because of our projections, we knew we were going to have to make some difficult decisions. We decided we’d make it through the year and decided in May, to do some terminations and furlough and all of us are taking a pay cut; mine more significant than the others," he told alumni.

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Trustees at a small university in Ohio have approved allowing faculty and staff with permits to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Cedarville University will become the first college in Ohio to allow concealed weapons on campus.

The Dayton Daily News reports reports the new policy announced will take effect in August.

A new Ohio law allows individual boards of trustees to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on campus.

Dayton Public Schools is hosting a series of town hall meetings this month, in part to offer solutions to ongoing problems with district transportation. The first event is scheduled for May 10th.

  In a statement, the district said the meetings are being held to discuss “new academic offerings, transportation initiatives and extra-curricular activities.”

The announcement comes after months of complaints related to the district’s transportation system, with some parents saying buses are late or don’t come at all.

It was 20 years ago that the Ohio Supreme Court found the state’s system of funding public schools unconstitutional. The case was brought by a coalition of hundreds of school districts and named after student Nathan DeRolph. They argued that relying on property taxes for school funding unfairly favored districts with higher property values. The Court agreed. The DeRolph decision was one of many attempts to solve a funding problem, and it won’t be the last.

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