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Trotwood-Madison Schools To Avoid State Takeover, Following Release of State School Report Cards

State school report card grades were mixed this year for districts in the Miami Valley. The annual report measures district performance based on test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

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Poor Will's Almanack: September 18 - 24, 2018

For a number of years, I have marked the position of the Sun on a wall in a certain room of my house, noting how it not only moves throughout the day, but also how it moves with the seasons. I have followed that practice, sometimes doing it to tell the time of year (although it can do that as well as any calendar), but mostly because of the way it makes me feel. Paying attention to where and when the sunlight comes through my window helps me to feel cared for. Strangely, it makes me feel like...

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You Could Be In The Room Where It Happens

Donate to WYSO ahead of our Fall Membership Drive, and you could win tickets to see Hamilton in Cincinnati.

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Try to picture a scenario in which the United States has been taken over by corporations and that corporate power rules the land. Imagine that many of our leaders are being complicit with our corporate overlords and that corruption, shady deals, and money laundering have become the hidden hallmarks of power. In this fictional world Donald Trump is still our president but just about everything else is different. I realize this seems absurd and inconceivable.

More than two dozen people have been treated for possible drug exposure at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe. Medical officials say the health scare was likely caused by some combination of opioids, and all of those sickened are expected to recover.

The Apollo XI Crew photographed by Yousuf Karsh.
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh / ©Estate of Yousuf Karsh

The first image that comes to mind when people think of Winston Churchill is of the leader scowling, his hand on his hip. It was taken by photographer Yousuf Karsh. Some of the greatest photographs of our time were taken by the Armenian refugee who fled to North America and rose to international fame. 

"[The Churchill portrait] was the international breakthrough of his career," says Karsh's 88-year-old widow and Antioch College alumna, Estrellita Karsh, on the phone from Boston.

Jonathan Juravich, Ohio’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, explains how he meets the needs of students in his classes.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

State education leaders have a new policy they say will ensure student success.  But it involves doing some basic things many schools and teachers already do – focusing on individual students’ needs and de-emphasizing required standardized testing.

The state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Juravich, helped develop the new policy that focuses less on teaching information that could be on state standardized tests and more on meeting the needs of individual students.

Secret Kept and Gary Onady joined Niki Dakota on Excursions.
via Kelli Campbell

Jazz combo Secret Kept, along with special guest Gary Onady, visited the WYSO studios for a special preview of their upcoming performance at Jazz Central along with Karen Patterson.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Secret Kept will perform at Jazz Central with special guests Karen Patterson and Gary Onady on Friday, August 31.

A squirrel appears from behind a tree.
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For me, nostalgia often accompanies the steady transformation of the landscape. Memories proliferate, and my mind travels back and forth through the concentric circles of the years, sifting images and feelings, recent and distant events, sorting and ruminating, nothing making much sense.

This morning, I went outside into fog and dew.  I saw that a big fat orb-weaver spider had made its web across the shed door overnight. I remember this time last year, I wasn’t paying attention and walked into the same kind of web in front of the same door.

Conrad's Corner: August 27, 2018

Aug 27, 2018

Steve Broidy reads David Petreman's poem, "Butterflies"

Wright State university WSU board of trustees debate nutter center fairborn
Jess Mador / WYSO

Wright State’s new semester begins Monday, Aug 27. University officials are continuing to grapple with major staffing and budget issues.

 

 Some of these problems are holdovers from the last school year, when Wright State trustees announced new budget cuts were needed to prevent state financial oversight.

 

For more on this situation, and ongoing faculty union contract negotiations, WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with education reporter April Laissle.

 

Former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and several payday lending lobbyists are named in a federal search warrant seeking evidence of potential bribery and kickbacks.

Dylan Taylor-Lehman moved to our area and became a reporter for the Yellow Springs News. His experiences as a journalist provided him with some insights into life in this unusual small town. Ohio is a state that has a form of government by townships. Dylan was sent to cover a meeting of the Miami Township Board of Trustees. Yellow Springs is located in Miami Township.

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