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From the archives: War and long wait begin for local son

8:12 PM Friday, Jun. 13, 2014

  "I spend many hours these days thinking back to the times he was a little boy. When war was a game played between Ninja Turtles or GI Joes that ended when it was time for dinner. I could protect him, then, and keep the evil of the world at bay. Now the war is real, and he is protecting me.'      Becky...
More schools increase early dismissal days
 Several Dayton area school districts will release students one-hour early each week during the upcoming school year for teacher training on such state mandated initiatives as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, new teacher evaluations and the common core standards. Beginning in August, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools and Middletown City...

4:05 AM Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013

Several Dayton area school districts will release students one-hour early each week during the upcoming school year for teacher training on such state mandated initiatives as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, new teacher evaluations and the common core standards. Beginning in August, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools and Middletown City...
Retired military leaders want more money for education
 Three out of four young Americans are unable to join the military, in large part because they lack a high school diploma or the educational skills to score well enough on the military entrance exam, according to the nonprofit, Mission: Readiness, which launched an Ohio chapter Tuesday. The national nonpartisan organization, comprising more...

4:05 AM Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013

Three out of four young Americans are unable to join the military, in large part because they lack a high school diploma or the educational skills to score well enough on the military entrance exam, according to the nonprofit, Mission: Readiness, which launched an Ohio chapter Tuesday. The national nonpartisan organization, comprising more...
Beavercreek schools security plans up to date

4:05 AM Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

The Beavercreek City School District is back in compliance with a state requirement that all schools update their school security plans every three years, the state Attorney General’s Office said Monday. Dan Tierney, an attorney general spokesman, said school officials electronically submitted the correct paperwork Friday evening after...
Crayons to Classrooms reaches $3 million in supplies given to teachers

5:24 PM Monday, Jun. 10, 2013

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms announced this week it has reached the $3 million milestone in school supplies distributed to teachers of students in need. The nonprofit serves high-need schools in the greater Dayton area. During shopping visits, teachers can shop for needed school supplies including crayons, notebooks and incentive items. Crayons...
Stivers offers summer arts program for grades 4-12

6:59 PM Wednesday, Jun. 05, 2013

Stivers School for the Arts invites visual and performing arts students throughout the Miami Valley to Dayton Summer Arts 2013, which will be held June 10 through June 21 at the 1313 E. Fifth St. school. Students in grades 4-12 can register in person, online or by mail for classes in dance, painting and drawing, piano, band, musical theatre...
School districts privatize bus service

4:05 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2013

Valley View Local Schools is the latest area district to contract with a private company to handle student busing. The district’s move this spring follows Xenia Community Schools’ decision to outsource transportation last year. Valley View Superintendent Bill Kirby said it was a financial decision based on “the dire situation...
New teacher evaluation system set to begin
 Some school districts, next school year, will begin implementing Ohio’s new teacher evaluation system that will be based equally on teacher performance and student growth measures. Other districts are slated to start using the new, more extensive assessments during the 2014-15 school year. The evaluations, mandated under state law,...

4:05 AM Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

Some school districts, next school year, will begin implementing Ohio’s new teacher evaluation system that will be based equally on teacher performance and student growth measures. Other districts are slated to start using the new, more extensive assessments during the 2014-15 school year. The evaluations, mandated under state law,...
State denies request for more information on attendance investigation

4:05 AM Sunday, May. 26, 2013

The Ohio Department of Education has denied the newspaper’s request to see Northridge Local Schools’ official written response to allegations that it scrubbed student attendance data because of the continuing investigation. The Dayton Daily News filed a public records request seeking a copy of the response that the district had...
Non-traditional high school graduates grows
 The majority of Ohio public high school seniors still graduate from traditional schools but a growing number of them are graduating from non-traditional high schools, including brick-and-mortar charter schools, e-schools and the newest entry, STEM schools. The Dayton Regional STEM School will give diplomas to 52 graduates at its first commencement...

4:05 AM Saturday, May. 25, 2013

The majority of Ohio public high school seniors still graduate from traditional schools but a growing number of them are graduating from non-traditional high schools, including brick-and-mortar charter schools, e-schools and the newest entry, STEM schools. The Dayton Regional STEM School will give diplomas to 52 graduates at its first commencement...
Centerville schools levy fails
 The Centerville City School District’s 6.9-mill additional levy failed by a narrow margin Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. It was the second straight levy defeat for the district. Voters in November rejected a 5.9-mill operating levy by 160 votes. It was unclear Tuesday whether...

11:44 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2013

The Centerville City School District’s 6.9-mill additional levy failed by a narrow margin Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. It was the second straight levy defeat for the district. Voters in November rejected a 5.9-mill operating levy by 160 votes. It was unclear Tuesday whether...
Schools hiring retirees in their old jobs

4:05 AM Friday, May. 03, 2013

Some area school districts are considering hiring newly retired employees into the same positions as the region braces for a wave of retirements prompted by changes to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio. The controversial practice, also known as “double dipping,” has drawn scrutiny in recent years because the rehired...
Group rallies for school funding

8:45 PM Thursday, May. 02, 2013

More than 100 people rallied outside the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy in Dayton Thursday, demanding Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers fully fund public education and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. School districts and charter schools throughout Ohio began taking steps this school year to prepare for the mandate that students who...
Valley View seeks 6.97-mill levy

4:05 AM Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

The Valley View Local School District has on the May 7 ballot an additional 6.97-mill continuing levy for current expenses. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $213 per year and generate $1.5 million annually. The district implemented $1.7 million in cuts for this school year. Another $1.5 million reduction will occur in the 2013-14...
Students taking annual achievement tests

8:33 PM Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

Roughly 800,000 students in grades 3-8 will be taking the state-mandated Ohio Achievement Assessments in the next three weeks. The OAAs are the biggest tests of the year for elementary and middle school students and they are increasingly impacting every level of public education — student achievement and retention, school and district...
AG distributes 1,050 training videos on school shootings

7:25 PM Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said Friday it is sending a video to all Ohio school districts, plus charter schools and private schools, to help administrators, teachers and school employees have the knowledge they need if they ever face a school shooting crisis. “Quite frankly, I hope it’s knowledge no one in...
Area schools focus on risks, abstinence in sex education

10:15 PM Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Ohio has generally left it up to local school districts to decide what should be taught about human sexuality. “While ODE works to develop standards in many subject areas, we do not develop curriculum. What curriculum is taught is a local decision,” Ohio Department of Education spokesman John Charlton said. An exception, however...
Local reaction to sex education plan proposal

4:05 AM Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013

We asked some local school officials to react on the sex education plan being proposed in the Ohio House. “The budget bill should be the budget bill. We are sitting in April trying to complete our budget process. To throw language into the budget bill relative to sex education — considering all the multitude of changes that are...
Vandalia-Butler sets public meeting for superintendent candidates

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013

The Vandalia-Butler City Schools is giving the community a chance to meet three individuals who want to become the district’s next superintendent. The school board will hold a “Meet the Candidate” night from 6:30 -9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Butler High School Lecture Room. The event will provide a chance to meet...
Districts boost security after school shootings
 Area school districts have been busy making a number of security updates at their schools since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary three months ago. Some districts have beefed up police presence in their buildings, while others are updating entrances to make them more secure by adding buzz-in access systems, video cameras or security...

1:45 AM Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

Area school districts have been busy making a number of security updates at their schools since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary three months ago. Some districts have beefed up police presence in their buildings, while others are updating entrances to make them more secure by adding buzz-in access systems, video cameras or security...
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