Education

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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About 100 people attended a town hall meeting last night to talk about the Dayton Public School District. At first glance, DPS students aren’t doing as well as other districts in the area.

 

The Ohio Department of Education put some Dayton schools toward the bottom of the list in 3rd grade reading assessments. Only 72 percent of students are graduating and kids aren’t progressing like they should between 4th and 8th grade. Dayton Public Schools have gotten Ds and Fs in its report card from the state.

Most of the students in local school districts were on par with statewide reading scores.
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Many Ohio school districts have improved their reading scores after complying with the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Some local districts did better than others.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is just over a year old. The law requires schools to provide extra help for struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade. And, it holds students back in third grade if they don’t pass a reading test at the end of the year.

More than 100 people welcomed a donated jet from FedEx at the Dayton International Airport.
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More than 100 people gathered at the Dayton airport Thursday morning to welcome a jet that’s going to become a classroom. The aircraft is a gift to the Beavercreek City School District from FedEx.

There’s a lot of pomp associated with accepting a donated Boeing 727-200. The Beavercreek High School Band played to a large crowd while everyone waited for the plane.
 

The Springfield School District and the Clark State Foundation have awarded college tuition to 41 students expected to graduate from Springfield High School.

The Champion City Scholars Program targets low-income middle school students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Selected students are eligible for up to three years of college at Clark State or assistance with tuition at another college—but they have to commit early to graduating from high school.

Report: Ohio Ranks 11th In Most Student Debt

Nov 13, 2014
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Ohio's rank among the 50 states for average student debt is improving, but education officials, students and researchers disagree on whether progress actually is being made on college affordability in the state.  
 
The Columbus Dispatch reports students who received bachelor's degrees in 2013 at Ohio colleges and universities graduated with an average of $29,090 in student debt, according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success.
 

Huber Heights City Schools District Superintendent Sue Gunnell said the school board might request an additional property tax levy in May.
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Voters in Huber Heights said no to a school levy for sixth time earlier this month. The Huber Heights City School District is stretching to cover the cost of Common Core.

District Superintendent Sue Gunnell says an extra $4.4 million a year would have meant 14 additional teachers, and the school needs new books and supplies to help teach the Common Core standards. 

“We have not been able to update our instructional materials for quite some time,” she said.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman work with DNA from a strawberry during a STEM event on the Wright-Patt base.
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The STEM subjects--science, technology, engineering and math--are becoming more important these days. Programs like Wright-Patt’s Starbase push for a hands-on approach to STEM.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman are staring into a digital microscope examining the building blocks of a strawberry.

“It looks like a dragon, kind of, if you look at it at the right angle,” Maney said.

“Like a bird,” Gillman said.

Seven State School Board Seats In Play This Election

Oct 29, 2014
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If you're following politics this year you probably know most of the candidates on the ballot for statewide offices, your congressional district, and maybe a few local seats. But do you know who is running for state school board? Candidates in seven board districts are vying for votes this election. The board exerts considerable influence over education policy, and it just might be worth giving the candidates a look before heading to the polls on Election Day.

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The state's school construction agency has approved $164 million in construction and renovation projects for three Ohio districts.

The funding includes $106 million in state dollars and $58 million in local funding under the state school construction formula.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission approval of the projects Thursday marks the second set of school projects to receive funding in the current business year.

The commission was created in 1997 as part of Ohio's response to court rulings that found the state's school funding system unconstitutional.

Charter School Critics Call For Reform In Property Spending

Oct 14, 2014
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Charter school critics are calling on the state to tighten its oversight on these operations when it comes to their property costs. ProgressOhio, a consortium of liberal groups, is putting a spotlight on Imagine Schools, which manages 17 charter schools in the state. ProgressOhio’s Executive Director, Brian Rothenberg, says the schools are locking themselves into expensive building leases with SchoolHouse Finance, which is an Imagine Schools subsidiary.

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