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School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
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Ohio school report cards will be released Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  This year’s results were supposed to determine whether Dayton Public Schools would be taken over by an Academic Distress Commission. Three consecutive years of failing grades trigger a takeover, and the district has received failing grades for the past two years.

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Dayton Public Schools will avoid state takeover this year, under the state budget agreement sent to Governor Mike DeWine. 

The deal puts a temporary moratorium on the creation of new Academic Distress Commissions (ADC), the state-appointed groups that step in when school districts repeatedly receive failing grades.

An ADC would have stepped in at DPS this fall if its scores didn’t improve. With the approval of the state budget, the district will avoid that fate for at least for one year.

Dayton Public Schools Vice President Jocelyn Rhynard says she’s relieved.

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Dayton Public Schools parents came to voice their concerns about the district at a town hall meeting Thursday night. The meeting, held about a month before the start of state standardized testing, comes at a critical time for DPS. The struggling district is facing state takeover in September if student test scores don’t improve this year. 

At the meeting, parents and community members discussed a number of longstanding DPS issues, including transportation and the use of long-term substitute teachers.

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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.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, Oakwood, Russia, Springboro, and Wayne schools all received an overall grade of “A” on the report. “A” ratings were rare across the state this year – only 28 of Ohio’s more than 600 districts received them.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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The Ohio Department of Education is keeping an eye on Dayton Public Schools this year. The district is on watch: it has three years to stop failing on state report cards, or face a state takeover.

A review team released its recommendations in May with ways to improve DPS. Some changes are already underway in classrooms across the district.