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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
April Laissle / WYSO

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.

Dayton Public Schools
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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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