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A first-of-its-kind Ohio program offers thousands of free training courses from libraries
 Ohio will be the first state to expand its online library learning program statewide, allowing any Ohioan with a valid library card to take thousands of small, free online courses, whether for fun or to bolster a work resume. While some of the software tutorials and job interviewing videos take a matter of minutes, the system also offers...

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Ohio will be the first state to expand its online library learning program statewide, allowing any Ohioan with a valid library card to take thousands of small, free online courses, whether for fun or to bolster a work resume. While some of the software tutorials and job interviewing videos take a matter of minutes, the system also offers...
A new drama series with star power will spotlight UFO investigations based at Wright-Patt
 The upcoming History channel drama series “Project Blue Book” — based on a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base program that studied UFO sightings — has a new trailer out this week. The actual Project Blue Book was declassified years ago after studying 12,618 reported sightings of unidentified flying objects worldwide from...

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The upcoming History channel drama series “Project Blue Book” — based on a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base program that studied UFO sightings — has a new trailer out this week. The actual Project Blue Book was declassified years ago after studying 12,618 reported sightings of unidentified flying objects worldwide from...
Dayton schools delay plan to move downtown headquarters
 Dayton Public Schools’ plan to move its central offices to a new building across Ludlow Street this summer has been delayed, with the move possibly now occurring over Christmas break. District officials favored the move because they said the current facilities are too large for the staff there and too expensive to maintain. The delay...

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Dayton Public Schools’ plan to move its central offices to a new building across Ludlow Street this summer has been delayed, with the move possibly now occurring over Christmas break. District officials favored the move because they said the current facilities are too large for the staff there and too expensive to maintain. The delay...
Big Dayton schools changes: More than half of district leaders changed roles for 2018-19
 More than half of Dayton Public Schools’ top administrators will be doing different jobs than they were nine months ago when a crucial new school year begins Aug. 13. The Ohio Department of Education spotlighted continuity problems when DPS was at risk of state takeover. But district leaders felt that an organization that has faced...

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More than half of Dayton Public Schools’ top administrators will be doing different jobs than they were nine months ago when a crucial new school year begins Aug. 13. The Ohio Department of Education spotlighted continuity problems when DPS was at risk of state takeover. But district leaders felt that an organization that has faced...
Principal backs out 5 minutes before hiring; Hill now to lead Belmont
 Dayton Public Schools intended to wrap up its major reshuffling of school principals Tuesday night, but the new principal of Belmont High School backed out of the job minutes before the school board was about to approve his hiring. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Toron Wooldridge, who has served as a principal in the Houston, Texas, school...

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Dayton Public Schools intended to wrap up its major reshuffling of school principals Tuesday night, but the new principal of Belmont High School backed out of the job minutes before the school board was about to approve his hiring. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Toron Wooldridge, who has served as a principal in the Houston, Texas, school...
Charter school sponsor loses one school, opens up another in Dayton
 The STEAM Academy charter school closed this summer in northwest Dayton, but the same sponsor and operating company is behind a new charter school, Montgomery Preparatory Academy, which is opening this fall in Southeast Dayton. STEAM Academy of Dayton operated at the Our Lady of Mercy school just west of North Main and Siebenthaler the past...

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The STEAM Academy charter school closed this summer in northwest Dayton, but the same sponsor and operating company is behind a new charter school, Montgomery Preparatory Academy, which is opening this fall in Southeast Dayton. STEAM Academy of Dayton operated at the Our Lady of Mercy school just west of North Main and Siebenthaler the past...
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...
DPS changes school start times again, adds more classroom time
 Dayton Public Schools will adjust school start times for the second year in a row this fall, adding 15 minutes of classroom time as the district attempts to improve academic performance. All 27 DPS schools will see at least some change in their schedule — some starting 15 minutes earlier or ending 15 minutes later. Only two schools...

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Dayton Public Schools will adjust school start times for the second year in a row this fall, adding 15 minutes of classroom time as the district attempts to improve academic performance. All 27 DPS schools will see at least some change in their schedule — some starting 15 minutes earlier or ending 15 minutes later. Only two schools...
Secret Service safety guidelines: What are local districts already doing?
 The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla. Local and state officials who reviewed the plan say much of the detailed advice the agency gave is already part...

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The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla. Local and state officials who reviewed the plan say much of the detailed advice the agency gave is already part...
Butler County schools respond to Secret Service security report
 Some Butler County school officials say they are already taking the actions recommended by the Secret Service in a just-released report on national school security. The Secret Service Thursday published a school safety guide, encouraging schools to develop “threat assessment teams” and “targeted violence prevention plans&rdquo...

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Some Butler County school officials say they are already taking the actions recommended by the Secret Service in a just-released report on national school security. The Secret Service Thursday published a school safety guide, encouraging schools to develop “threat assessment teams” and “targeted violence prevention plans&rdquo...
Secret Service calls on schools to build threat teams, safety plans
 The Secret Service today published a school safety guide, encouraging schools to develop “threat assessment teams” and “targeted violence prevention plans” in the wake of continued school shootings in recent years. The guide first calls for creation of threat assessment teams that should include “personnel from...

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The Secret Service today published a school safety guide, encouraging schools to develop “threat assessment teams” and “targeted violence prevention plans” in the wake of continued school shootings in recent years. The guide first calls for creation of threat assessment teams that should include “personnel from...
Judge dismisses open meetings lawsuit against city, schools
 A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Dayton’s school board and city commission over potential Open Meetings Act violations related to the groups’ school closing task force. Local activist David Esrati, acting without an attorney, had sued the parties, claiming that a Feb. 6 task force tour of schools being considered...

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A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Dayton’s school board and city commission over potential Open Meetings Act violations related to the groups’ school closing task force. Local activist David Esrati, acting without an attorney, had sued the parties, claiming that a Feb. 6 task force tour of schools being considered...
Group wants Ohio to dump A-F letter grades on school report cards
 The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes. After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like...

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The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes. After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like...
State school report cards: Group wants Ohio to dump A-F letter grades
 The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes. After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like...

Posted: 9 days ago

The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes. After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like...
Ohio schools have their preliminary state test scores, and they’re mostly positive
 Ohio students improved proficiency rates on 18 of 21 major state tests this spring, according to preliminary results released this week by the Ohio Department of Education. The largest increases were on high school course exams in biology (up 9.6 percentage points) and American government (up 8.8). The only decreases in proficiency rates...

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Ohio students improved proficiency rates on 18 of 21 major state tests this spring, according to preliminary results released this week by the Ohio Department of Education. The largest increases were on high school course exams in biology (up 9.6 percentage points) and American government (up 8.8). The only decreases in proficiency rates...
State considers tough third-grade reading standard, then backs off
 UPDATE: After considering a much tougher third-grade reading standard for Ohio students Tuesday, the state school board backed off and made only a modest increase in the score students need to advance to fourth grade. The board’s achievement and graduation committee had recommended raising the English Language Arts score required for...

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UPDATE: After considering a much tougher third-grade reading standard for Ohio students Tuesday, the state school board backed off and made only a modest increase in the score students need to advance to fourth grade. The board’s achievement and graduation committee had recommended raising the English Language Arts score required for...
RTA bus riders will have tougher time getting to county fairgrounds
 The Montgomery County Fair opened today at its new site in Jefferson Twp., and fair-goers who have traditionally ridden RTA buses to the old Main Street fair location in Dayton will have a tougher time getting there. The nearest regular RTA bus stops are about 0.9 miles away from the new fairgrounds at Arthur O. Fisher Park on Infirmary Road...

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The Montgomery County Fair opened today at its new site in Jefferson Twp., and fair-goers who have traditionally ridden RTA buses to the old Main Street fair location in Dayton will have a tougher time getting there. The nearest regular RTA bus stops are about 0.9 miles away from the new fairgrounds at Arthur O. Fisher Park on Infirmary Road...
Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions
 Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...

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Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...
Lawmakers vote to change Ohio’s teacher evaluation system, tests
 The Ohio House on Wednesday approved a major school deregulation bill by a 60-33 vote, changing Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System, allowing schools to go back to paper and pencil state tests for third-graders, and giving more flexibility on teacher licensure requirements, among dozens of changes. A version of Substitute Senate Bill 216...

Posted: 22 days ago

The Ohio House on Wednesday approved a major school deregulation bill by a 60-33 vote, changing Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System, allowing schools to go back to paper and pencil state tests for third-graders, and giving more flexibility on teacher licensure requirements, among dozens of changes. A version of Substitute Senate Bill 216...
Ohio teachers may face more training on youth suicide risks
 Teachers and other public school workers would be required to be trained on the signs that a youth may be at risk of suicide, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday by a 82-0 vote. Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators and others would be required to attend the in-service training once every two years. Current law requires...

Posted: 23 days ago

Teachers and other public school workers would be required to be trained on the signs that a youth may be at risk of suicide, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday by a 82-0 vote. Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators and others would be required to attend the in-service training once every two years. Current law requires...
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