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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.

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.  

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr has been placed on administrative leave. DPS board members voted late Tuesday night to place Corr on leave and name associate superintendent, Elizabeth Lolli, as acting superintendent.

 

 

School board officials aren’t yet why Corr was removed as superintendent.

It is being reported that Corr and Lolli were under allegations of discrimination and harassment.

Dayton Public Schools
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The Dayton teachers union voted Thursday night to approve a new contract with Dayton Public Schools. The vote put an end to a tumultuous months-long negotiations process and prevented a planned teacher strike ahead of the new school year.

Hundreds of DEA members met Thursday night to ratify the contract deal at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.

DPS teacher Rachel Horowitz says she was relieved when she learned an agreeement had been reached between the union and the district.

She’s excited to return to school on Tuesday.

The nearly 1,100 members of the Dayton Education Association teachers union are expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a tentative contract deal. If the union approves the contract, it would put an end to months of tense negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools administration and avert a planned strike.

Negotiations ended overnight Thursday after more than 18 hours of talks, resulting in a collective bargaining agreement. Details have not yet been released.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel at 4:30 p.m. 

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.

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Public Schools officials say they have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth start to the school year, despite a 10-day strike notice from the Dayton Education Association teachers' union, issued Tuesday to Dayton Public Schools through the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

If a new contract deal is not reached in time, teachers could walk off the job as early as Aug. 11, just four days before the start of school.

Hundreds of Dayton Public Schools teachers rallied outside a school board meeting last night. It was an effort to show support for their union representatives as contract negotiations with the district continue.

Teachers union representatives and school district attorneys have been trying to negotiate a new teacher’s contract since January. The group has had 20 full-day meetings, and representatives from both sides say they haven’t still made enough progress.

Dayton Public Schools
April Laissle

Rhonda Corr, the new superintendent of Dayton Public Schools (DPS) met with parents and community members yesterday at Central State University.

Corr spoke to group of about 40 people about how she plans to turn around the failing district.

In the speech, she said one her first items of business will be tackling third grade literacy -- Dayton Public Schools has one of the lowest rates in the State.

April Laissle

Rhonda Corr has been named the new superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.

Corr previously worked as an area superintendent in Chicago and Indianapolis Public Schools. She began her career as a Spanish teacher in Cleveland.

“Look at the data: our kids are not learning," said Corr in last week's public forum with DPS parents. "I am here because I have done the work in Chicago. I walked into Chicago and we turned around the schools quickly”