In October, Antioch College will host a Restorative Justice (RJ) symposium called "Healing Harms In Today's Troubled World. Organizers say the symposium will look at two broader topics: how RJ can be/is used in  higher eduction, and how RJ can be/is used to heal harms in a community.

This is a national conference designed to teach the principles and practices of Restorative Justice and its approach to problem solving.

In an interview with WYSO this week, Jalyn Roe, one of the organizers of the symposium, talks about the reasons behind the summit and offers details on how to get involved.

Dayton Public Schools
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

A recent report from the Ohio Department of Education has revealed that around a quarter of Ohio’s high school seniors are not on track to meet the state’s new testing requirements for graduation. In urban school districts, the number is even higher. Many districts are turning to alternative pathways to graduation.

Last year, after the Ohio Department of Education raised testing requirements for the class of 2018, school officials across the state said they were expecting to see massive drops in graduation rates as a result.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

In the early 1940’s Dayton’s population swelled as employment opportunities in area factories, research facilities and military installations rose dramatically. But there wasn’t enough housing for these new workers and their families. In response to the shortage, three unique public housing developments were built. One of these developments was the topic of a WYSO Curious question from a listener, so Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde took a stroll through Greenmont Village and found it still going strong 80 years later.

The federal government has granted the Montgomery County Family Treatment Court additional funding to expand services for families affected by the opioid crisis. The $2.1 million, five-year funding grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow the court to expand those services to as many as 75 parents and 34 children a year, officials say.


Stats + Stories: Why Don't People Like My Graphs?

Oct 19, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Journalists are swimming in data coming from governments, nonprofits, think tanks and other agencies. There's data available to help contextualize almost any story a reporter might want to tell. How to present that information to audiences in a compelling and understandable way is something many newsrooms are struggling to figure out. In this episode of Stats + Stories, host Rosemary Pennington and panelists John Bailer chair of Miami's Statistics department and Richard Campbell chair of Media, Journalism and Film are joined by Alberto Cairo, the Knight chair in visual journalism at the University of Miami Florida, where he teaches courses on info graphics and data visualization. He's also the director of the visualization program at UM center for computational science and the author of 2016's, The Truthful Art: Data Charts and Maps for Communication.

In October, the Trump administration instituted an immediate new rule allowing more employers to opt out of Affordable Care Act mandates covering free contraception if they object on moral or religious grounds.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Around 62 million women nationwide gained access to no-cost birth control as a result of Affordable Care Act mandates.

More than two million women in Ohio are eligible for that coverage, which pays for contraception, including expensive IUDs.

Now, women with free birth control coverage through some employer-based or university health plans may be at risk of losing that benefit.

Cliff Hite / Twitter

A high-ranking Republican senator from northwest Ohio has abruptly resigned his seat, apologizing for "inappropriate behavior" he had with a state employee.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Hite said he was "not proud of recent inappropriate conversations" he had with a woman, who he says worked in a nearby state office.

"After we met, I sometimes asked her for hugs and talked with her in a way that was not appropriate for a married man, father, and grandfather like myself," Hite said. "Beyond those hugs, there was no inappropriate physical contact."

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is responding to news that employees have filed a petition to unionize under the United Auto Worker’s banner.


The move to unionize Fuyao is backed by the UAW and perhaps 30 percent or more of company workers. They have filed an application for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. If the NLRB approves the petition, it will schedule a vote for Fuyao workers to decide whether or not to unionize.


Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
April Laissle / WYSO

Dozens of people packed into the Dayton Public Library Monday night to learn more about the crowded race for Dayton School Board. Eight candidates faced off in a debate just weeks before the fall election. The race is attracting attention because a majority of the board’s seats are up for grabs.

At the forum, candidates clashed over staffing issues, educational policy for immigrant students, and the need for a new tax levy.

The houses in Greenmont Village are known for their flat roofs
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Greenmont Village might be tucked away between Woodman and Patterson, on the border of Kettering and Dayton -- but the neighborhood stands out, because unlike the rest of the area, most of these houses have flat roofs. Some people  joke that they look like sugar cubes or shoe boxes, but in the 1940s when they were built, they were essential housing for Dayton’s defense workers and their families.