Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart is an investigative reporter at the Dayton Daily News.  His stories have focused on government waste, fraud, abuse and accountability in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting, including an Emmy Award and numerous awards from the Associated Press Society of Ohio and Society of Professional Journalists.   He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshSweigart Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Twitter: @DDNInvestigates on Twitter Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Facebook: @DDNInvestigates

Latest from Josh Sweigart

MAP: How do charter, private schools compare to Dayton Public Schools?
 Of the 70 school buildings in Dayton that receive public money to educate the city’s children, only 27 are actually Dayton Public Schools. The rest are publicly funded charter schools or private schools for which kids can get vouchers from the state to help cover tuition. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the students DPS is eligible to...

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Of the 70 school buildings in Dayton that receive public money to educate the city’s children, only 27 are actually Dayton Public Schools. The rest are publicly funded charter schools or private schools for which kids can get vouchers from the state to help cover tuition. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the students DPS is eligible to...
Dayton Public Schools approves $475K improvement program for 5 schools

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The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education this week approved spending $475,000 for the Partnership for Leaders in Education, a program based at the University of Virginia, to develop and implement improvement plans at five DPS schools over the next three years. The selected schools are are Fairview Elementary, Louise Troy Elementary, Edwin...
5 questions answered about the future of Dayton Public Schools
 Staff writer Josh Sweigart looks at what is wrong with the Dayton Public Schools, which have been at or near the bottom of state test rankings for years and whose problems are a weight on the larger region. This is the first of many stories to come. Follow the project on our Facebook pages and on The Path Forward web page, and share your...

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Staff writer Josh Sweigart looks at what is wrong with the Dayton Public Schools, which have been at or near the bottom of state test rankings for years and whose problems are a weight on the larger region. This is the first of many stories to come. Follow the project on our Facebook pages and on The Path Forward web page, and share your...
Dayton Public Schools approves $475K improvement program for 5 schools
 UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.: The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education approved a $475,000 contract with Partnership for Leaders in Education to develop and implement improvement plans at five DPS schools over the next five years. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the specific schools that were chosen represent a cross-section of the district...

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UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.: The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education approved a $475,000 contract with Partnership for Leaders in Education to develop and implement improvement plans at five DPS schools over the next five years. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the specific schools that were chosen represent a cross-section of the district...
The Path Forward: The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools
 THE PATH FORWARD  Like all of you, we care deeply about our community, and want it to be the best it can be. There is much to celebrate in the Dayton region, but we also face serious challenges. If we don’t find solutions to them, our community will never be its best.  We have formed a new team to dig into the most pressing...

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THE PATH FORWARD  Like all of you, we care deeply about our community, and want it to be the best it can be. There is much to celebrate in the Dayton region, but we also face serious challenges. If we don’t find solutions to them, our community will never be its best.  We have formed a new team to dig into the most pressing...
Plenty of parents love Dayton Public Schools; others plan to move
 On the last day of school in May, beaming elementary school kids burst out the doors of Horace Mann Pre-K-6. “This is a good school,” said Kathryn Robinson as she walked home with her third-grade daughter. “I think they do a good job. They do the best job they can do. She likes it. She’s good in her class.” But...

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On the last day of school in May, beaming elementary school kids burst out the doors of Horace Mann Pre-K-6. “This is a good school,” said Kathryn Robinson as she walked home with her third-grade daughter. “I think they do a good job. They do the best job they can do. She likes it. She’s good in her class.” But...
5 kids who represent the best of Dayton Public Schools
 While Dayton Public Schools has a reputation as a failing school district -- it has scored at or near the bottom of the state in standardized testing for years -- there are numerous successful students with amazing stories to tell. Here are a few of them.  Devontae Jackson’s eyes light up when he talks about severe weather. The...

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While Dayton Public Schools has a reputation as a failing school district -- it has scored at or near the bottom of the state in standardized testing for years -- there are numerous successful students with amazing stories to tell. Here are a few of them.  Devontae Jackson’s eyes light up when he talks about severe weather. The...
‘Horrible’ environment, distrust plagued Dayton police unit
 Strained relationships among some Dayton Police Special Victims Unit detectives reached the point where one secretly recorded conversations with co-workers and another did not voluntarily share information in a murder investigation, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Infighting, distrust, and communication and management issues created...

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Strained relationships among some Dayton Police Special Victims Unit detectives reached the point where one secretly recorded conversations with co-workers and another did not voluntarily share information in a murder investigation, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Infighting, distrust, and communication and management issues created...
Dayton child abuse probes hurt by inexperience, workloads
 A Dayton Daily News investigation found Dayton police detectives and at least one county assistant prosecutor responsible for examining heinous crimes against children were accused of being inexperienced, felt overworked or lacked standardized training or policies. This newspaper, using Ohio’s public records laws, obtained an internal...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Dayton Daily News investigation found Dayton police detectives and at least one county assistant prosecutor responsible for examining heinous crimes against children were accused of being inexperienced, felt overworked or lacked standardized training or policies. This newspaper, using Ohio’s public records laws, obtained an internal...
Preschool Promise expanding in and around Dayton
 Preschool Promise agreed Thursday to a contract to offer free preschool to roughly 55 more 4-year-olds living in Dayton, and to begin working with Montgomery County officials to use increased sales-tax revenue to expand the preschool initiative in the county. Dayton Public Schools will open three additional classrooms to serve 4-year-olds...

Posted: 19 days ago

Preschool Promise agreed Thursday to a contract to offer free preschool to roughly 55 more 4-year-olds living in Dayton, and to begin working with Montgomery County officials to use increased sales-tax revenue to expand the preschool initiative in the county. Dayton Public Schools will open three additional classrooms to serve 4-year-olds...
Judge sanctions prosecutors for attempt to depose jail suit lawyer
 Attorneys with the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office acted unprofessionally when they filed motions accusing a lawyer suing the county of involvement in a criminal conspiracy in an effort to depose him, according to a June 1 order from federal court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington. Ovington ordered the prosecutor’s office to pay...

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Attorneys with the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office acted unprofessionally when they filed motions accusing a lawyer suing the county of involvement in a criminal conspiracy in an effort to depose him, according to a June 1 order from federal court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington. Ovington ordered the prosecutor’s office to pay...