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Pike County murders: Who are the Wagners?
 Four people have been arrested Tuesday in connection to the murders of eight people in Pike County in Ohio in 2016, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. In a media release, the office said four members of the South Webster, Ohio, family -- George Billy Wagner III, 47, Angela Wagner, 48,  George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward...

9:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Four people have been arrested Tuesday in connection to the murders of eight people in Pike County in Ohio in 2016, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. In a media release, the office said four members of the South Webster, Ohio, family -- George Billy Wagner III, 47, Angela Wagner, 48, George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward...
Pike County murders: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden killings 
 Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims. A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides,  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused...

6:21 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims. A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused...
Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools
 Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should...

5:01 AM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should...
History in the making: Bearded Ohioan got elected to a statewide seat
 Dave Yost’s election to Attorney General could mark the first time in more than a century that an Ohio politician was elected to statewide executive office while sporting a beard. Yost’s closely cropped stubble is a five o’clock shadow compared to the full beard worn by what may be his most recent bearded predecessor: Gov...

4:10 PM Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Dave Yost’s election to Attorney General could mark the first time in more than a century that an Ohio politician was elected to statewide executive office while sporting a beard. Yost’s closely cropped stubble is a five o’clock shadow compared to the full beard worn by what may be his most recent bearded predecessor: Gov...
Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct
 A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department...

4:36 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department...
Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know
 Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the...

11:30 AM Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2018

Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the...
Little libraries added at four Dayton elementary schools
 Children attending and living near four Dayton elementary schools have increased access to free books with the opening of four new little libraries. The so-called “houses of knowledge” are outdoor, birdhouse-like structures that can hold more than 75 books at a time. They were placed at Fairview Elementary, Edison Elementary,...

9:09 PM Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

Children attending and living near four Dayton elementary schools have increased access to free books with the opening of four new little libraries. The so-called “houses of knowledge” are outdoor, birdhouse-like structures that can hold more than 75 books at a time. They were placed at Fairview Elementary, Edison Elementary,...
Episode 2: Let’s hear from the kids - The Path Forward: Dayton Schools podcast
 As all the adults debate what needs to be done to improve Dayton Public Schools, what do the students think?  DPS was criticized at its recent town hall meeting for not soliciting student input as it crafts its strategic plan. It came up again at a more-recent community event sponsored by the Dayton Daily News.  Earlier...

2:23 PM Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

As all the adults debate what needs to be done to improve Dayton Public Schools, what do the students think?  DPS was criticized at its recent town hall meeting for not soliciting student input as it crafts its strategic plan. It came up again at a more-recent community event sponsored by the Dayton Daily News.  Earlier...
Would next governor support state takeover of Dayton schools? Here’s what the candidates say
 Rich Cordray, Democrat: End state takeovers of low-performing school districts, instead providing additional resources while maintaining local control. Mike DeWine, Republican: Consider revising takeover law to provide help to struggling schools while keeping the community involved in the process. Travis Irvine, Libertarian: End any effort...

10:00 AM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Rich Cordray, Democrat: End state takeovers of low-performing school districts, instead providing additional resources while maintaining local control. Mike DeWine, Republican: Consider revising takeover law to provide help to struggling schools while keeping the community involved in the process. Travis Irvine, Libertarian: End any effort...
Ohio governor candidates on school funding, and helping needy students
  Rich Cordray, Democrat: Offer services like mental health, dental, after-school, and parent support programs at neighborhood schools. Increase state support for hiring education professionals like librarians, nurses, guidance counselors, and social workers.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Ensure every school has access to a mental health...

10:09 AM Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Rich Cordray, Democrat: Offer services like mental health, dental, after-school, and parent support programs at neighborhood schools. Increase state support for hiring education professionals like librarians, nurses, guidance counselors, and social workers.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Ensure every school has access to a mental health...
Cordray, DeWine both pledge to expand subsidized childcare eligibility
  Rich Cordray, Democrat: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Establish an office in state government to ensure high-quality early education programs. Expand Ohio’s home visitation program for new parents.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Raise the eligibility...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Rich Cordray, Democrat: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Establish an office in state government to ensure high-quality early education programs. Expand Ohio’s home visitation program for new parents.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Raise the eligibility...
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...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

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...

10:00 AM Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

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...

10:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

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...

7:11 PM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

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...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

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...

1:54 PM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

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...

2:58 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

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...

5:03 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

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...

10:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 07, 2018

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...
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