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Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Public Schools paid three teachers a combined $30,000 during the months after they resigned. A report from the state auditor’s office revealed it took the district eight months to realize the error in one case.

By that point, the teacher had received $16,000 in unearned salary. A former assistant principal was also paid over $1,000 for days he did not work.

Over the weekend, thousands of public employees are expected to rally in Columbus and at state capitols across the country ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in Washington Monday.

The case pits an Illinois social worker against a public employee union, but its outcome could have major implications for state and local government workers across the country—including Ohio teachers.  

The Controversy

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper doesn’t mince words when it comes to the latest U.S. Supreme Court case.

House Republicans Propose Folding Ohio Department Of Education Into Workforce Agency

Feb 15, 2018
Ohio statehouse
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Ohio House Republicans have rolled out a plan that would bring big changes for the state's Department of Education and the Board of Education. Supporters say it will bolster the connection between education and career-readiness, while Democrats say it would create a less-responsive state government.

Cincinnati Schools' Charter Sponsorship Revoked

Feb 13, 2018
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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One of the state’s largest public school districts will no longer be allowed to sponsor charter schools. 

The Ohio Board of Education voted 15-0 Monday to revoke the Cincinnati Public School District’s status as a charter school sponsor. Board member Pat Bruns from Cincinnati abstained from the vote.

The revocation came after the district received a “poor” rating for the 2015-2016 school year from the state Department of Education.

April Laissle

Across the country, many school districts are grappling with declining enrollment. Many of these districts are opting to shutter schools in an effort to save money. This is despite conflicting research on the benefits of school closures. Now, Dayton may be next.  In December, DPS leaders revealed many district schools are operating at under 50-percent capacity. Officials launched a task force to help decide the fate of Dayton’s emptiest school buildings –– many of them on the city's west side. DPS authorities refer to the effort as a facilities "right-sizing."

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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After more than two months, Dayton Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with superintendent Rhonda Corr.

 

DPS agreed to pay Corr’s salary and retirement contributions, and provide insurance benefits through the her current contract year - which ends in July.  The district will not pay out the remaining 2 years on her contract. The package is worth more than $100,000.

The deal was approved by the school board after a meeting Tuesday.

ECOT Ohio
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An Ohio county court will oversee the process of closing one of the nation's largest online charter schools amid the e-school's legal fight with the state over funding.

A Franklin County judge has appointed an outside attorney to handle records and finances of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and report back to the court.

 

ECOT teachers, staff, families and students - including founder Bill Lager (front, in red hat) - rallied at the Statehouse in May 2017
Karen Kasler

The shutdown of the state’s largest online charter school – which owes tens of millions of dollars to the state – has thousands of students searching for options in the middle of the school year. And there are also some 800 teachers and faculty from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow who are now looking for work. 

Online Charter School Closure Sends Thousands Of Students To Different Schools

Jan 22, 2018
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An estimated 12,000 students must figure out where to go now that the state’s largest online charter school has closed. Marred by budget problems and alleged failure to comply with regulations, ECOT’s sponsor decided to back out. The sponsor and the school recently met in a Franklin County courtroom to figure out what happens to the school’s funds and records. 

Instead of a hearing, the judge had ECOT and its former sponsor, Lake Erie West, go into mediation. As John Borell with Lake Erie West explains, they came up with a tentative agreement.

Graduation
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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.

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