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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...
Dayton child abuse probes hurt by inexperience, workloads
 A Dayton Daily News investigation found Dayton police detectives and at least one county assistant prosecutor responsible for examining heinous crimes against children were accused of being inexperienced, felt overworked or lacked standardized training or policies. This newspaper, using Ohio’s public records laws, obtained an internal...

2:22 PM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

A Dayton Daily News investigation found Dayton police detectives and at least one county assistant prosecutor responsible for examining heinous crimes against children were accused of being inexperienced, felt overworked or lacked standardized training or policies. This newspaper, using Ohio’s public records laws, obtained an internal...
Preschool Promise expanding in and around Dayton
 Preschool Promise agreed Thursday to a contract to offer free preschool to roughly 55 more 4-year-olds living in Dayton, and to begin working with Montgomery County officials to use increased sales-tax revenue to expand the preschool initiative in the county. Dayton Public Schools will open three additional classrooms to serve 4-year-olds...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

Preschool Promise agreed Thursday to a contract to offer free preschool to roughly 55 more 4-year-olds living in Dayton, and to begin working with Montgomery County officials to use increased sales-tax revenue to expand the preschool initiative in the county. Dayton Public Schools will open three additional classrooms to serve 4-year-olds...
Judge sanctions prosecutors for attempt to depose jail suit lawyer
 Attorneys with the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office acted unprofessionally when they filed motions accusing a lawyer suing the county of involvement in a criminal conspiracy in an effort to depose him, according to a June 1 order from federal court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington. Ovington ordered the prosecutor’s office to pay...

7:20 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

Attorneys with the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office acted unprofessionally when they filed motions accusing a lawyer suing the county of involvement in a criminal conspiracy in an effort to depose him, according to a June 1 order from federal court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington. Ovington ordered the prosecutor’s office to pay...
Dayton teachers union: Project Veritas sting video is ‘gross misrepresentation’
 Project Veritas, a conservative political organization focused on undercover “sting” operations, released a series of videos Tuesday in which employees ask Ohio teachers union leaders for help dealing with fictitious teacher-student incidents. One of the videos shows a crying woman asking Dayton teachers union President David...

4:23 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2018

Project Veritas, a conservative political organization focused on undercover “sting” operations, released a series of videos Tuesday in which employees ask Ohio teachers union leaders for help dealing with fictitious teacher-student incidents. One of the videos shows a crying woman asking Dayton teachers union President David...
5 Dayton police officers accused of lying, fired
 Dayton Police Sgt. Tonina Lamanna is suing to get her job back after she was fired last year for allegedly lying when questioned by supervisors about accessing the police chief’s personnel records. Lamanna’s case was featured in a recent Dayton Daily News investigation about police officers who have lost their jobs after being...

7:12 PM Friday, May. 18, 2018

Dayton Police Sgt. Tonina Lamanna is suing to get her job back after she was fired last year for allegedly lying when questioned by supervisors about accessing the police chief’s personnel records. Lamanna’s case was featured in a recent Dayton Daily News investigation about police officers who have lost their jobs after being...
Teacher pay varies widely across region; search teacher salaries
 The median salary for teachers in Dayton Public Schools is $25,000 less than average teacher pay in the neighboring Oakwood City School District, according to Ohio Department of Education data on teacher compensation in the 2016-2017 school year. The data, analyzed by the Dayton Daily News, shows a wide disparity in how much educators are...

5:31 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

The median salary for teachers in Dayton Public Schools is $25,000 less than average teacher pay in the neighboring Oakwood City School District, according to Ohio Department of Education data on teacher compensation in the 2016-2017 school year. The data, analyzed by the Dayton Daily News, shows a wide disparity in how much educators are...
Springboro’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project
 Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...

10:00 AM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...
Fairborn’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project
 Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...

2:01 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...
Englewood’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project
 Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected...
Few upsets in local statehouse races
 In the end, few of the Ohio statehouse races were close on Tuesday, though some were extremely hard fought in a year when Republicans will try to preserve their heavy majority in the Ohio House and Senate. Winners in some of the more high profile local races included State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, who turned back a challenge from...

9:25 PM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

In the end, few of the Ohio statehouse races were close on Tuesday, though some were extremely hard fought in a year when Republicans will try to preserve their heavy majority in the Ohio House and Senate. Winners in some of the more high profile local races included State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, who turned back a challenge from...
Jail healthcare provider sued for bowel obstruction death of inmate
 Sasha Garvin, a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease, repeatedly told NaphCare medical personnel in the Montgomery County Jail that she had severe abdominal pain and needed to go to a hospital, according to a lawsuit brought by Garvin’s mother. The medical negligence/wrongful death lawsuit filed in Montgomery County...

8:11 PM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

Sasha Garvin, a sufferer of Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease, repeatedly told NaphCare medical personnel in the Montgomery County Jail that she had severe abdominal pain and needed to go to a hospital, according to a lawsuit brought by Garvin’s mother. The medical negligence/wrongful death lawsuit filed in Montgomery County...
Incumbent gets GOP nod to hold on to Champaign County state Sen. seat
 Incumbent State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, won the Republican primary race for his 85th House district seat, according to early election results released by the Ohio Secretary of State. The 85th district includes all of Champaign County and most of Logan County as well as southeastern Shelby County. Vitale outpaced a crowded field of Republicans...

2:02 AM Wednesday, May. 09, 2018

Incumbent State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, won the Republican primary race for his 85th House district seat, according to early election results released by the Ohio Secretary of State. The 85th district includes all of Champaign County and most of Logan County as well as southeastern Shelby County. Vitale outpaced a crowded field of Republicans...
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