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A new study shows the graduation rates of Ohio’s traditional public schools are much better than those of charter schools.

The study shows even when excluding dropout-recovery schools, the four-year graduation rate of charter schools in Ohio is just under 45 percent, faring worse than public schools in Ohio’s six largest cities. Schools in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron and Toledo graduated 73 percent of their students.

The Dayton Public School district is considering closing schools next fall due to declining enrollment.

At a meeting last night, board members were presented with enrollment data which revealed many schools are well under capacity, making operating costs prohibitively high.  Acting Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli told board members her team is mulling responses to the problem.

She emphasized that DPS is unlikely to move forward with any plan that would negatively affect district staffing levels.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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Dayton Public Schools is again under scrutiny following the school board’s decision in late November to place Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave.

Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment in the district’s central office.

 

She was originally scheduled to respond to the allegations this week at a disciplinary hearing, but it was rescheduled.

 

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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After one week, the Dayton School Board has revealed their reasons for placing Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave. Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment for district employees.

 

Documents released by the school district outline several long-standing complaints about Corr’s behavior and paint a picture of dysfunction at the district’s central office.  

Wright State University
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Wright State University's administration says a strike is not imminent even though the faculty union has set up the process that would allow them to strike if a contract isn't reached.

 The Wright State chapter of the American Association of University Professors union recently passed an amendment to its constitution to allow a strike. A union leader says the faculty had never needed a strike procedure. Negotiations have been stalled since March.

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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Four new members are set to join the Dayton School Board.

Voters elected three members of a four candidate campaign slate:  Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, and Karen Wick-Gagnet. DPS Parent Jocelyn Rhynard also secured a spot on the seven member board.

Campaign slate member Paul Bradley, incumbent Joe Lacey, and candidates Anne Marie Gallin and Jo'el Jones all fell short of winning seats.

 

 

 

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Voters in the Miami Valley are set to decide over a dozen school levies Tuesday. Several types of the levies are on the ballot.

Three districts are asking voters to approve funding to help pay for new school construction: Troy, Wayne and Preble Shawnee. Officials at Englewood’s Miami Valley Career Technology Center are also seeking funding for upgrades. Voters in several districts will decide that levy.

Why Are There So Many School Levies on Ohio Ballots?

Nov 6, 2017
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This Election Day, voters in nearly four dozen Ohio school districts will decide if they want to increase local taxes to pay for their schools. But even more – about 70 districts -- are asking voters to renew existing taxes. And just about all of them are dealing with a nuance of state law that ensures the districts will have to go back to the voters again in a few years. That’s because property tax concerns of more than 40 years ago are still shaping the way we pay for schools today.

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Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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As Election Day approaches, WYSO is taking a look at some of the important issues on the ballot. This year's Dayton School Board race is unusually crowded, with eight candidates vying for four seats. 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, Karen Wick-Gagnet, Jo'el Jones, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacy, and Ann Marie "Mario" Gallin are all on the ballot. WYSO news editor Jess Mador sat down with WYSO reporter April Laissle to discuss the race, the district and the candidates.

 

 

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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