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Gym teacher caught on video assaulting 7-year-old student
 A teacher at an elementary school in Xenia, Ohio, lost his teaching license permanently after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened at Tecumseh Elementary School in April of 2017. It was caught on camera and occurred with children close by...

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A teacher at an elementary school in Xenia, Ohio, lost his teaching license permanently after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened at Tecumseh Elementary School in April of 2017. It was caught on camera and occurred with children close by...
Video shows Xenia gym teacher assaulting 7-year-old student
 *** A teacher at Tecumseh Elementary School in Xenia lost his teaching license permanently in January after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student.  The April 12, 2017, incident was caught on camera and occurred with children close by. The video shows the child was seated on steps behind the gym teacher...

Posted: 15 hours ago

*** A teacher at Tecumseh Elementary School in Xenia lost his teaching license permanently in January after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student.  The April 12, 2017, incident was caught on camera and occurred with children close by. The video shows the child was seated on steps behind the gym teacher...
Dayton schools plans public meetings to devise improvement plan
 In a series of public meetings in coming weeks, Dayton Public Schools leaders intend to hash out a plan to raise the school system from ranking dead last in Ohio in state performance measures. The DPS Board of Education will meet Saturday to discuss setting concrete goals to improve district performance. A town hall meeting will follow on...

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In a series of public meetings in coming weeks, Dayton Public Schools leaders intend to hash out a plan to raise the school system from ranking dead last in Ohio in state performance measures. The DPS Board of Education will meet Saturday to discuss setting concrete goals to improve district performance. A town hall meeting will follow on...
Dayton schools get “F” on report card; test scores rank last in Ohio
 Dayton Public Schools received an overall grade of “F” on the state report card released Thursday, meaning the district will be subject to state takeover next fall if it doesn’t improve during the current school year. DPS officials said some of the district’s test data was incorrectly reported by its software vendor...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton Public Schools received an overall grade of “F” on the state report card released Thursday, meaning the district will be subject to state takeover next fall if it doesn’t improve during the current school year. DPS officials said some of the district’s test data was incorrectly reported by its software vendor...
Lack of black teachers, staffing shortages a problem in some DPS buildings
 *** The teaching field has too few black teachers, especially black male teachers, according to experts.  But, they emphasize, black students also need familiar touchstones — and role models — in course materials and textbooks.  “It’s incredibly important for the books in the school to have characters that...

Posted: 26 days ago

*** The teaching field has too few black teachers, especially black male teachers, according to experts.  But, they emphasize, black students also need familiar touchstones — and role models — in course materials and textbooks.  “It’s incredibly important for the books in the school to have characters that...
‘We have students that live in their vehicle’ says principal of Dayton school
 *** Akisha Shehee knows better than anyone the achievement gap poor and minority students face. As principal of Westwood Elementary school, she sees that gap every day. Westwood is 91 percent black and abuts one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “I believe it is a huge issue, which is one of the reasons that I am...

Posted: 26 days ago

*** Akisha Shehee knows better than anyone the achievement gap poor and minority students face. As principal of Westwood Elementary school, she sees that gap every day. Westwood is 91 percent black and abuts one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “I believe it is a huge issue, which is one of the reasons that I am...
The Path Forward: Urgent turnaround needed as state takeover looms
 The threat of a state takeover of Dayton Public Schools creates urgency to address long-unchecked problems in a district where race, poverty and a culture of failure have dragged like an anchor, erecting barriers children struggle to overcome.   A Dayton Daily News investigation found a wide achievement gap between black and...

Posted: 26 days ago

The threat of a state takeover of Dayton Public Schools creates urgency to address long-unchecked problems in a district where race, poverty and a culture of failure have dragged like an anchor, erecting barriers children struggle to overcome.   A Dayton Daily News investigation found a wide achievement gap between black and...
Causes identified for excessive chronic absenteeism at Dayton schools
 Editor’s note: This story is part of a package of reports exploring race- and poverty-based achievement gaps at Dayton Public Schools and how they can be bridged. Read our full report here. 
*** Kids don’t learn if they’re not in school, and in Dayton 30.7 percent of the students were chronically absent in 2016-17...

Posted: 26 days ago

Editor’s note: This story is part of a package of reports exploring race- and poverty-based achievement gaps at Dayton Public Schools and how they can be bridged. Read our full report here.  *** Kids don’t learn if they’re not in school, and in Dayton 30.7 percent of the students were chronically absent in 2016-17...
Disproportionate discipline keeping black kids out of school more often in Dayton schools
 *** Research shows black students disproportionately face discipline over their white peers, including being removed from the classroom for periods of time in out-of-school suspensions.   The out-of-school suspension rate in DPS shows a stark disparity. The 3,695 out-of-school suspensions of black students last year compared to...

Posted: 26 days ago

*** Research shows black students disproportionately face discipline over their white peers, including being removed from the classroom for periods of time in out-of-school suspensions.   The out-of-school suspension rate in DPS shows a stark disparity. The 3,695 out-of-school suspensions of black students last year compared to...
‘Opportunity gap’ creates achievement gap for poor, black children in Dayton schools
 ***  A 2015 report from Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County illustrates the barriers some children encounter even before entering kindergarten.  The report analyzed 18 factors that contribute to a person’s ability to succeed in life, such as income and unemployment, crime, health issues and educational attainment...

Posted: 26 days ago

***  A 2015 report from Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County illustrates the barriers some children encounter even before entering kindergarten.  The report analyzed 18 factors that contribute to a person’s ability to succeed in life, such as income and unemployment, crime, health issues and educational attainment...
Some Dayton schools relied heavily on subs to lead classrooms in recent years
 *** Not having enough teachers has led to a practice DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli vows to reduce: a heavy reliance on substitutes.  “The sub situation in Dayton, I’ve never seen this in my life where you go a whole school year with (so many) subs. That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Lolli said. “(Something)...

Posted: 26 days ago

*** Not having enough teachers has led to a practice DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli vows to reduce: a heavy reliance on substitutes.  “The sub situation in Dayton, I’ve never seen this in my life where you go a whole school year with (so many) subs. That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Lolli said. “(Something)...
DPS, Northmont schools get $500K to tackle achievement gap
 A national non-profit has awarded $500,000 to help Dayton Public Schools and Northmont City School District close achievement gaps linked to race, gender and culture. The grant from StriveTogether will fund the work of Learn to Earn Dayton, which will work with DPS and Northmont to place equity fellows in select schools. The equity fellows...

Posted: 29 days ago

A national non-profit has awarded $500,000 to help Dayton Public Schools and Northmont City School District close achievement gaps linked to race, gender and culture. The grant from StriveTogether will fund the work of Learn to Earn Dayton, which will work with DPS and Northmont to place equity fellows in select schools. The equity fellows...
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...

6:50 PM Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

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 Florida murder, was ‘angel on earth’
 Faye Gibson, Watson’s daughter-in-law, said Monday that the family still doesn’t know why she was killed. Her daughter spoke with her Friday, and there were no signs that anything was wrong. Then they got word of Watson’s death four hours later, Gibson said.  “Alice was one of the most kind, gentle and loving...

5:58 PM Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

Faye Gibson, Watson’s daughter-in-law, said Monday that the family still doesn’t know why she was killed. Her daughter spoke with her Friday, and there were no signs that anything was wrong. Then they got word of Watson’s death four hours later, Gibson said.  “Alice was one of the most kind, gentle and loving...
 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...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2018

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...

9:55 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

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...

3:44 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

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...

11:06 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

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...

10:29 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

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...
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