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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

Governor candidates all vow less standardized testing in schools
 Rich Cordray, Democrat: Reduce required testing to federally mandated minimums.   Mike DeWine, Republican: Reduce required testing. Refine the state report card system to focus on student progress instead of meeting benchmarks.   Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party: End teaching to the test.   Travis Irvine...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Rich Cordray, Democrat: Reduce required testing to federally mandated minimums.   Mike DeWine, Republican: Reduce required testing. Refine the state report card system to focus on student progress instead of meeting benchmarks.   Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party: End teaching to the test.   Travis Irvine...
Where Ohio governor candidates stand on charter school oversight
 Richard Cordray, Democrat: Prohibit for-profit companies from operating charter schools. Increase regulations on charter schools to bring them more in line with the requirements for Ohio’s traditional public schools. Fund charter schools directly from the state, instead of passing them through local public school districts in a process...

Posted: a day ago

Richard Cordray, Democrat: Prohibit for-profit companies from operating charter schools. Increase regulations on charter schools to bring them more in line with the requirements for Ohio’s traditional public schools. Fund charter schools directly from the state, instead of passing them through local public school districts in a process...
Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?
 Among the striking similarities between the education plans put forward by the two major party candidates for Ohio governor this year are calls for more early childhood spending, fewer state-mandated tests and increased support for needy students. But there are differences between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine that leave...

Posted: 2 days ago

Among the striking similarities between the education plans put forward by the two major party candidates for Ohio governor this year are calls for more early childhood spending, fewer state-mandated tests and increased support for needy students. But there are differences between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine that leave...
Former coach loses license to work with kids after state investigation
 A former Mad River Local School District football coach is barred from ever re-applying for a Ohio Department of Education license to work with kids after a state investigation into alleged inappropriate Facebook messages with a minor. Timothy Bailey, 55, worked as a coach at Mad River Middle School in 2014-2015 and an assistant coach at...

Posted: 11 days ago

A former Mad River Local School District football coach is barred from ever re-applying for a Ohio Department of Education license to work with kids after a state investigation into alleged inappropriate Facebook messages with a minor. Timothy Bailey, 55, worked as a coach at Mad River Middle School in 2014-2015 and an assistant coach at...
Improving Dayton schools ‘takes a village,’ DDN town hall attendees say
 The passion was pronounced among the dozens of parents and community members assembled Thursday night to discuss a path forward for improving the performance of Dayton Public Schools. “It takes a village. It takes all of use to step into this thing and make this thing happen,” resident Ray Hollngsworth said to applause. He was...

Posted: 11 days ago

The passion was pronounced among the dozens of parents and community members assembled Thursday night to discuss a path forward for improving the performance of Dayton Public Schools. “It takes a village. It takes all of use to step into this thing and make this thing happen,” resident Ray Hollngsworth said to applause. He was...
Schools claim DeWine’s office lags in recovering lost state funds
 Another area school district is expressing doubts over the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s ability to recover funds from the failed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow as the AG’s office is touting its track record for aggressively going after misspent public money. In a legal filing Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas...

Posted: 12 days ago

Another area school district is expressing doubts over the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s ability to recover funds from the failed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow as the AG’s office is touting its track record for aggressively going after misspent public money. In a legal filing Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas...
Up to 277 may have been affected by Equitas data breach
 Up to 277 patients and staff at Equitas Health may have had their personal information compromised by a data breach. The network of LGBTQ-specialized health centers, with a split headquarters in Dayton and Columbus, said the cyber attack appears to have been an unsuccessful attempt at wire fraud, not an attempt to gather personal information...

Posted: 13 days ago

Up to 277 patients and staff at Equitas Health may have had their personal information compromised by a data breach. The network of LGBTQ-specialized health centers, with a split headquarters in Dayton and Columbus, said the cyber attack appears to have been an unsuccessful attempt at wire fraud, not an attempt to gather personal information...
Answers to key questions about a possible takeover of Dayton schools
 EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of our initiative, The Path Forward, the Dayton Daily News sent a reporter to Youngstown to see what might happen if DPS gets put under the state thumb next year, which will occur if the district records another overall grade of F.
                  Go here for that story. *** If Dayton Public Schools doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of our initiative, The Path Forward, the Dayton Daily News sent a reporter to Youngstown to see what might happen if DPS gets put under the state thumb next year, which will occur if the district records another overall grade of F. Go here for that story. *** If Dayton Public Schools doesn&rsquo...
What a state takeover would mean for Dayton schools
 YOUNGSTOWN -- If the Dayton Public School District gets taken over by the state because of poor performance — which could happen as early as next fall — it will be very hard to escape that oversight, according to the law Gov. John Kasich signed in July 2015. State-run school districts must go from an F to a C or better to get...

Posted: 16 days ago

YOUNGSTOWN -- If the Dayton Public School District gets taken over by the state because of poor performance — which could happen as early as next fall — it will be very hard to escape that oversight, according to the law Gov. John Kasich signed in July 2015. State-run school districts must go from an F to a C or better to get...
Daily News hosts town hall meeting on Dayton Public Schools
 The Dayton Daily News is inviting parents, students and community members to a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss ways to improve Dayton Public Schools. The meeting, which is free, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson Ave. in Dayton. RELATED: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms The Daily News...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Dayton Daily News is inviting parents, students and community members to a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss ways to improve Dayton Public Schools. The meeting, which is free, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson Ave. in Dayton. RELATED: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms The Daily News...
Dayton school bus cameras not working; no video of alleged assault
 The Dayton Public School district is reviewing cameras on all school buses after a Dayton Daily News investigation found an alleged assault on a 5-year-old girl by a female bus driver was not caught on video because of a malfunctioning camera. It is not known how many district’s 115 buses are affected by the malfunction. District officials...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Dayton Public School district is reviewing cameras on all school buses after a Dayton Daily News investigation found an alleged assault on a 5-year-old girl by a female bus driver was not caught on video because of a malfunctioning camera. It is not known how many district’s 115 buses are affected by the malfunction. District officials...