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Here are 5 new stores open now or coming to the Dayton area
 Summer 2018 is bringing several new shopping options to the area amid a surge in retail sales after a winter of discontent. The year started off with the spectre of “retail apocalypse” — more than 12,000 stores were expected to close this year according to a market analyst. But then this week the National Retail...

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Summer 2018 is bringing several new shopping options to the area amid a surge in retail sales after a winter of discontent. The year started off with the spectre of “retail apocalypse” — more than 12,000 stores were expected to close this year according to a market analyst. But then this week the National Retail...
Dayton native, 82, victim in brutal Florida murder, husband in custody
 An 82-year-old woman police say was brutally murdered by her longtime husband this month grew up and raised a family in Dayton before moving to Florida in 1979, according to her online obituary. Alice Marie Watrous Watson was found dead in her bed in her home in Sanford, Florida with her feet tied to the bed and deep lacerations to her knees...

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An 82-year-old woman police say was brutally murdered by her longtime husband this month grew up and raised a family in Dayton before moving to Florida in 1979, according to her online obituary. Alice Marie Watrous Watson was found dead in her bed in her home in Sanford, Florida with her feet tied to the bed and deep lacerations to her knees...
 6 factors that contribute to the black achievement gap at Dayton schools
 Black students in Dayton Public Schools – especially black boys – lag behind other students in kindergarten readiness, reading and math. Only 26 percent of black third-grade boys are found by state tests to be reading proficiently at grade level, for example.  The academic achievement gap between black and white students...

Posted: 13 days ago

Black students in Dayton Public Schools – especially black boys – lag behind other students in kindergarten readiness, reading and math. Only 26 percent of black third-grade boys are found by state tests to be reading proficiently at grade level, for example.  The academic achievement gap between black and white students...
Congressman Turner calls for investigation of Wright-Patt active shooter response
 A Dayton congressman called the use of a firearm to breach a door during an active shooter scare at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Thursday “highly unusual and highly questionable.” U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said the use of a firearm by base security officials would “absolutely” be part of what officials...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Dayton congressman called the use of a firearm to breach a door during an active shooter scare at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Thursday “highly unusual and highly questionable.” U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said the use of a firearm by base security officials would “absolutely” be part of what officials...
Wright-Patt: 911 call prompting active shooter response not released; later calls detail chaos 
 The initial 911 call that prompted a large response to a reported active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will not be released until the investigation into the incident is complete, base officials said. Marie Vanover, director of public affairs for the base, said the base will not comment on what is said during the call or whether...

Posted: 17 days ago

The initial 911 call that prompted a large response to a reported active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will not be released until the investigation into the incident is complete, base officials said. Marie Vanover, director of public affairs for the base, said the base will not comment on what is said during the call or whether...
Wright-Patt: No active shooter found; what we know
 Reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s medical center on Thursday were determined to be a false alarm but not until after three hours passed during which local, state and federal law enforcement responded and loved ones waited anxiously outside closed base gates. Someone from inside Wright-Patterson Medical...

Posted: 18 days ago

Reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s medical center on Thursday were determined to be a false alarm but not until after three hours passed during which local, state and federal law enforcement responded and loved ones waited anxiously outside closed base gates. Someone from inside Wright-Patterson Medical...
Wright-Patt drill gone awry drew ‘upwards of 100’ area law enforcement
 The practice drill that went awry after a 911 call caused a widespread lockdown involving the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center wasn’t the first emergency mix up Matt Sturgeon has responded to – but it was definitely the largest in scale. The Riverside Police Department major said “probably upwards of 100&rdquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

The practice drill that went awry after a 911 call caused a widespread lockdown involving the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center wasn’t the first emergency mix up Matt Sturgeon has responded to – but it was definitely the largest in scale. The Riverside Police Department major said “probably upwards of 100&rdquo...
Officials: No ‘real world’ active shooter incident at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
 Base officials confirmed to us that shortly before 12:40 p.m. Thursday, a person inside the base medical center called 911 to report an active shooter.  The base operations center, the base’s version of a dispatch center, sent emergency first responders to the medical center based on the threat information received, said Col. Tom...

Posted: 18 days ago

Base officials confirmed to us that shortly before 12:40 p.m. Thursday, a person inside the base medical center called 911 to report an active shooter.  The base operations center, the base’s version of a dispatch center, sent emergency first responders to the medical center based on the threat information received, said Col. Tom...
Here’s how to donate your old music instruments to Dayton students
 The deadline is July 31 for people to donate musical instruments of all conditions for use by Dayton Public Schools students. Instruments can be dropped off at any Grismer Tire and Auto location. Those locations can be found at www.discoverclassical.org. THE PATH FORWARD: The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools “If your...

Posted: 21 days ago

The deadline is July 31 for people to donate musical instruments of all conditions for use by Dayton Public Schools students. Instruments can be dropped off at any Grismer Tire and Auto location. Those locations can be found at www.discoverclassical.org. THE PATH FORWARD: The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools “If your...
Listen to the Path Forward: Dayton Schools podcast
 You can hear the frustration in the voices of parents, determination in the tone of community leaders and maybe even a tinge of hope in conversations Dayton Daily News reporter Josh Sweigart had throughout the community assessing the challenges facing Dayton Public Schools and whether anything can be done to overcome them. Listen in with...

Posted: 26 days ago

You can hear the frustration in the voices of parents, determination in the tone of community leaders and maybe even a tinge of hope in conversations Dayton Daily News reporter Josh Sweigart had throughout the community assessing the challenges facing Dayton Public Schools and whether anything can be done to overcome them. Listen in with...
What you had to say about the Path Forward for Dayton Public Schools
 When the Dayton Daily News wrote that the community must find a way to work together to help improve the perception and performance of Dayton Public Schools, you responded. And we are listening. Stories that ran this week  exploring the challenges facing Dayton Public Schools – and how the community can work together to address them...

6:51 PM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

When the Dayton Daily News wrote that the community must find a way to work together to help improve the perception and performance of Dayton Public Schools, you responded. And we are listening. Stories that ran this week exploring the challenges facing Dayton Public Schools – and how the community can work together to address them...
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...

6:43 PM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018

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

6:30 PM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018

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...

5:28 PM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018

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...

7:06 PM Monday, Jul. 16, 2018

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...

10:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

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...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

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...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

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...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

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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