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Dayton Public Schools define steps in new graduation system

Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News |

The new state graduation rules, which are complicated, are an option for current juniors and seniors, and are mandatory for the class of 2023 and beyond.

To earn a diploma, the state says students will have to “do the basics” by passing 20 classroom credits, “show competency” either by passing one state exam each in algebra and English II or by meeting certain career/college/military standards; and “show readiness” by earning at least two seals from a list of 12 (science, job readiness, technology and others). Each local school can create its own standards for three of those seals — the fine and performing arts seal, student engagement seal and community service seal.

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Digital equity initiative continues with Chromebook distribution

Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News |

Residents in five Dayton public housing communities received free Chromebooks Wednesday as part of the Montgomery County Digital Equity Initiative funded largely with $2 million in CARES Act dollars that also paid for the installation of free Wi-Fi networks.

About 40,000 households — or 13% — in the Dayton metro area lacked access to the internet, according to 2018 Census Bureau American Community Survey data. About 9% of households had no computer and about 9.6% had a smart phone but no computer.

Cyberbullying? Tipp City school board members concerned about online comments about board

Nancy Bowman, Dayton Daily News |

District Superintendent Mark Stefanik said the issue appeared on the board agenda because of questions about whether policy was violated by postings on social media during board debates this past year, including the process of appointing Tipp City Public Library trustees.

The antiharassment policy covers unlawful conduct on school property or an activity sponsored by the board, said member Simon Patry, questioning if the comments sparking the discussion fell under the policy.

Board President Theresa Dunaway said the policy is geared toward students and staff. Experts speaking at state school board conferences advise board members to not respond on social media. “We need to find a way to clear up some of the mistruths” in the community that have led to some of the criticism, Dunaway said.

DPS superintendent says ‘safest choice is to stay remote’

Danielle Malagarie, WKEF/WRGT |

Students at Dayton Public Schools are still on their extended holiday break. When vacation time is up, they won’t be returning to their classrooms.

On Wednesday, the district announced remote learning will start January 4 and run until February 19.

“We want to make sure that when we come back, we’re able to stabilize and not continue to switch back and forth between whether we’re in school face-to-face, whether we’re remote,” said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools rejects the Ohio Fair School Funding Plan

Tiffany L. Denen, WKEF/WRGT |

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School Board unanimously approved a resolution that rejected the Ohio Fair School Funding Plan at their regular meeting on Thursday, December 10.

“While well intentioned, the bill does not address the additional state funding that would be required to prevent Ohio’s districts from being overly-reliant on property taxes which was a central determination in the DeRolph decision,” said Board member Kevin Price. 

“Further, the plan would continue significant state funding disparities across Ohio’s districts. For example, if fully funded, the Fair School Funding Plan would provide the nearby Kettering School District with an additional $16,000,000 per year while Bellbrook-Sugarcreek would receive just $145,000.”

Yellow Springs schools again considers building upgrades

Eileen McClory, Dayton Daily News |

At a recent school board work session, Superintendent Terri Holden and Treasurer Tammy Emrick said the price tag for either new construction or upgrades to existing buildings would be around $30 million. The district is considering some form of bond issue request on the November 2021 election ballot.

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Fewer schools in-person, but COVID cases still high

Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News |

Dayton-area school numbers showed 471 new cases reported last week tracking close to results from the weeks of Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Case numbers dipped for the Thanksgiving week itself, as schools were in session two days at most. Large school districts including Dayton, Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg and others moved to online classes just before or after Thanksgiving, which some had hoped would push numbers down.

As usual, there were some questions about data accuracy in the ODH dashboard.

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Miamisburg Schools move fully online until Jan. 11

Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News |

Miamisburg Schools, which had planned to return to in-person classes Monday, will instead stay online until Jan. 11, Superintendent Laura Blessing said Thursday.

Blessing said as district officials started planning for next week, they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to safely open school and have the teacher coverage and consistency they needed for their students.

Bellbrook schools leader dies; district will meet about replacement

Dayton Daily News |

Veteran Bellbrook-Sugarcreek school board member Mary Frantz died Sunday, according to school district officials.

Frantz had been a member of the school board for 31 years, serving multiple terms as board president and vice president, and spending many years as Bellbrook’s representative on the Greene County Career Center board.

Superintendent Doug Cozad said Frantz had not been feeling well, but he said her death was unexpected.

Change in law expands private school voucher program

Dayton Daily News |

The bill approved last week will make children from middle-income families eligible. It raises the household income cap from 200% of the federal poverty level to 250%. That would mean an annual household income of $65,500 for a family of four, up from $52,400. A voucher provides a student up to $4,650 per year for K-8 private school, and $6,000 for grades 9-12.

But much debate is over the definition of an underperforming school where students should be eligible for vouchers. Under the new bill, 473 Ohio schools are on the list, including Eastmont School in Dayton, Schaefer in Springfield and Crawford Woods in Hamilton, each of which got a “C” on the most recent state report card and improved its performance index on state tests in 2018-19.

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