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Springfield leader: Proposed change in grad rules good for students
 A local education leader said proposed changes to Ohio graduation requirements would be a step in the right direction for Springfield students. Ohio could add more pathways for students in the Class of 2018 pursuing a high school diploma that don’t require any passing scores on state tests, if the recommendations by the state&rsquo...

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A local education leader said proposed changes to Ohio graduation requirements would be a step in the right direction for Springfield students. Ohio could add more pathways for students in the Class of 2018 pursuing a high school diploma that don’t require any passing scores on state tests, if the recommendations by the state&rsquo...
Ohio students should graduate without passing state tests, panel says
 Ohio could add pathways to a Class of 2018 high school diploma that do not require any passing scores on state tests, if the recommendations made Wednesday by the state’s graduation work group are adopted. Current high school juniors would be able to earn a diploma by achieving 93 percent attendance their senior year and doing a &ldquo...

12:54 AM Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

Ohio could add pathways to a Class of 2018 high school diploma that do not require any passing scores on state tests, if the recommendations made Wednesday by the state’s graduation work group are adopted. Current high school juniors would be able to earn a diploma by achieving 93 percent attendance their senior year and doing a &ldquo...
Against opposition, school board approves library at Belmont
 After months of uncertainty, the Dayton Metro Library plans to begin work this summer on a $10 million East Dayton library branch on the Belmont High School grounds. Dayton’s school board last week narrowly approved a development agreement by a 4-3 vote after spirited debate. The deal calls for Dayton Public Schools to sell a 2.75-acre...

12:14 AM Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

After months of uncertainty, the Dayton Metro Library plans to begin work this summer on a $10 million East Dayton library branch on the Belmont High School grounds. Dayton’s school board last week narrowly approved a development agreement by a 4-3 vote after spirited debate. The deal calls for Dayton Public Schools to sell a 2.75-acre...
West Carrollton announces new school superintendent
 West Carrollton’s school board plans to hire New Bremen’s Andrea Townsend as its new superintendent at a 5 p.m. Wednesday meeting, according to school board President Roberta Phillips. While retiring Superintendent Rusty Clifford has been a fixture in West Carrollton’s top spot for 18 years, Townsend, 48, has worked in a...

3:10 PM Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

West Carrollton’s school board plans to hire New Bremen’s Andrea Townsend as its new superintendent at a 5 p.m. Wednesday meeting, according to school board President Roberta Phillips. While retiring Superintendent Rusty Clifford has been a fixture in West Carrollton’s top spot for 18 years, Townsend, 48, has worked in a...
Abuse claim made against Dayton school employee
 A former Dayton Public Schools student first reported in 2007 that he was sexually abused in 1990 by a school employee who has remained in the district and is currently on paid administrative leave pending a hearing scheduled for April 12. The employee was placed on leave in January 2016 after the ex-student repeated the complaint to DPS...

8:39 PM Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

A former Dayton Public Schools student first reported in 2007 that he was sexually abused in 1990 by a school employee who has remained in the district and is currently on paid administrative leave pending a hearing scheduled for April 12. The employee was placed on leave in January 2016 after the ex-student repeated the complaint to DPS...
Abuse claim made against Dayton Schools employee
 A former Dayton Public Schools student first reported in 2007 that he was sexually abused in 1990 by a school employee who has remained in the district and is currently on paid administrative leave pending a hearing scheduled for April 12. The employee was placed on leave in January 2016 after the ex-student repeated the complaint to DPS...

7:05 PM Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

A former Dayton Public Schools student first reported in 2007 that he was sexually abused in 1990 by a school employee who has remained in the district and is currently on paid administrative leave pending a hearing scheduled for April 12. The employee was placed on leave in January 2016 after the ex-student repeated the complaint to DPS...
Children find Spirit Airlines pilot, wife dead in apparent overdose
 Four children found their parents – including their airline pilot father – dead Thursday in their Centerville, Ohio, home in what investigators said appears to be the latest incident in a scourge of drug deaths plaguing Montgomery County and Ohio. >> Read more trending news  The husband, Brian Halye, was an active pilot...

2:48 AM Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

Four children found their parents – including their airline pilot father – dead Thursday in their Centerville, Ohio, home in what investigators said appears to be the latest incident in a scourge of drug deaths plaguing Montgomery County and Ohio. >> Read more trending news  The husband, Brian Halye, was an active pilot...
Children find Spirit Airlines pilot, wife dead in apparent overdose
 Four children found their parents – including their airline pilot father – dead Thursday in their Centerville home in what investigators said appears to be the latest incident in a scourge of drug deaths plaguing Montgomery County and Ohio. The husband, Brian Halye, was an active pilot for Spirit Airlines, flying for them nine...

12:21 AM Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

Four children found their parents – including their airline pilot father – dead Thursday in their Centerville home in what investigators said appears to be the latest incident in a scourge of drug deaths plaguing Montgomery County and Ohio. The husband, Brian Halye, was an active pilot for Spirit Airlines, flying for them nine...
Centerville Spirit Air pilot who flew 6 days ago overdosed
 UPDATE @ 5:27 p.m.: Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines, the company confirmed to this news organization. “Captain Halye served at the airline for just over nine years,” said Paul Berry, the company spokesman. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Captain Halye.” We have asked Spirit...

7:31 PM Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

UPDATE @ 5:27 p.m.: Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines, the company confirmed to this news organization. “Captain Halye served at the airline for just over nine years,” said Paul Berry, the company spokesman. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Captain Halye.” We have asked Spirit...
Ohio delays plan on new federal education law
 The Ohio Department of Education has decided to delay until September submission of its plan to implement new federal education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said Monday the delay will allow the state more time to ensure that feedback can be considered carefully. State officials held...

9:54 PM Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

The Ohio Department of Education has decided to delay until September submission of its plan to implement new federal education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said Monday the delay will allow the state more time to ensure that feedback can be considered carefully. State officials held...
Trump stage crasher a year later: ‘I’d do it again’
 A year ago Sunday, Ohio college student Tommy DiMassimo hopped a railing and rushed the stage at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at an airport hangar near Dayton. He was quickly tackled and taken into custody by federal authorities. DiMassimo, 23, is now living in Georgia and says, despite the legal troubles he...

5:11 PM Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017

A year ago Sunday, Ohio college student Tommy DiMassimo hopped a railing and rushed the stage at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at an airport hangar near Dayton. He was quickly tackled and taken into custody by federal authorities. DiMassimo, 23, is now living in Georgia and says, despite the legal troubles he...
Trump stage rusher in Dayton: One year later, ‘I’d do it again’
 It was a year ago Sunday that Wright State student Tommy DiMassimo hopped a railing, rushed the stage at a Dayton airport Donald Trump rally and was swarmed and arrested by federal authorities. Today, living in Georgia, he says he doesn’t regret what he did, and questions why more people didn’t take bold such action during the...

3:49 PM Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017

It was a year ago Sunday that Wright State student Tommy DiMassimo hopped a railing, rushed the stage at a Dayton airport Donald Trump rally and was swarmed and arrested by federal authorities. Today, living in Georgia, he says he doesn’t regret what he did, and questions why more people didn’t take bold such action during the...
State to audit online schools for accountability
 Ohio will conduct a statewide audit to examine whether online schools really know how much time students spend engaged in learning. Auditor of State Dave Yost announced the plan Thursday after an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow showed the school did not have adequate systems in place to do so. ECOT’s audit generally was...

9:22 PM Thursday, Mar. 09, 2017

Ohio will conduct a statewide audit to examine whether online schools really know how much time students spend engaged in learning. Auditor of State Dave Yost announced the plan Thursday after an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow showed the school did not have adequate systems in place to do so. ECOT’s audit generally was...
Former high school aide/coach had sex with student
 Donte Murphy, a former Dayton Public Schools classroom aide and coach, twice had sexual intercourse with a high school student-athlete last year, but there are questions about his role with the schools when it happened. Murphy, who was head boys track coach at Ponitz Career Technology Center for four years, went on trial Tuesday in Montgomery...

9:47 PM Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2017

Donte Murphy, a former Dayton Public Schools classroom aide and coach, twice had sexual intercourse with a high school student-athlete last year, but there are questions about his role with the schools when it happened. Murphy, who was head boys track coach at Ponitz Career Technology Center for four years, went on trial Tuesday in Montgomery...
Local state school board member resigns
 State school board member Tom Gunlock of Centerville has resigned from the board after six years of significant change, including two years as president in 2015-16. Gunlock guided the board through decisions on controversial testing, new graduation requirements and revised school report card measures, and led the hiring process for new state...

6:29 PM Monday, Mar. 06, 2017

State school board member Tom Gunlock of Centerville has resigned from the board after six years of significant change, including two years as president in 2015-16. Gunlock guided the board through decisions on controversial testing, new graduation requirements and revised school report card measures, and led the hiring process for new state...
Local school leaders look for ways to close racial achievement gap
 Educators came together in Dayton Friday to ponder solutions to two giant problems: Attacking the performance gap between black and white students and ending implicit racial and cultural bias in schools. “The trend lines (of academic performance) for African-American boys are disheartening,” said Tom Lasley, CEO of Learn to Earn...

11:09 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

Educators came together in Dayton Friday to ponder solutions to two giant problems: Attacking the performance gap between black and white students and ending implicit racial and cultural bias in schools. “The trend lines (of academic performance) for African-American boys are disheartening,” said Tom Lasley, CEO of Learn to Earn...
Dayton preschool board approves $5.5 million budget
 Dayton’s Preschool Promise board approved a $5.5 million planning budget for the next 16 months, with about half of that money aimed at improving the quality levels of local preschool providers. The two main budget categories are $2.76 million to “expand quality” and $1.71 million to “assist families,” which...

10:49 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

Dayton’s Preschool Promise board approved a $5.5 million planning budget for the next 16 months, with about half of that money aimed at improving the quality levels of local preschool providers. The two main budget categories are $2.76 million to “expand quality” and $1.71 million to “assist families,” which...
Deadline approaching for huge local scholarship program
 Local students have two weeks left to apply for scholarships through the Dayton Foundation, which offers close to 1,200 college scholarships per year from more than 170 individual funds. The scholarships, created by donors, range from $500 up to $5,000, according to the Foundation, and many are multi-year renewable awards if students meet...

10:54 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Local students have two weeks left to apply for scholarships through the Dayton Foundation, which offers close to 1,200 college scholarships per year from more than 170 individual funds. The scholarships, created by donors, range from $500 up to $5,000, according to the Foundation, and many are multi-year renewable awards if students meet...
Dayton Public to launch online school
 Dayton Public Schools will launch an online school this fall with two main goals – preventing dropouts by offering a nontraditional model, and bringing back students who have left for other online schools, hurting district revenue. The Dayton Innovation Virtual Academy will be open to grades 9-12, but will be limited at first to 50...

3:49 PM Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Dayton Public Schools will launch an online school this fall with two main goals – preventing dropouts by offering a nontraditional model, and bringing back students who have left for other online schools, hurting district revenue. The Dayton Innovation Virtual Academy will be open to grades 9-12, but will be limited at first to 50...
Dayton Public Schools gives treasurer raise, 3-year contract
 Two weeks after giving Superintendent Rhonda Corr a new contract and a raise, Dayton’s school board made a similar move with its other top hire, giving Treasurer Hiwot Abraha a three-year contract through July 2020. Both Corr and Abraha had originally been hired on rare, one-year deals last summer. Abraha was DPS’ assistant treasurer...

6:40 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Two weeks after giving Superintendent Rhonda Corr a new contract and a raise, Dayton’s school board made a similar move with its other top hire, giving Treasurer Hiwot Abraha a three-year contract through July 2020. Both Corr and Abraha had originally been hired on rare, one-year deals last summer. Abraha was DPS’ assistant treasurer...
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