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Investigations into the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins are continuing. Despite years of alleged abuse by his father, Al Mclean, and complaints from school officials, Mclean removed the boy from school in order to homeschool him.

Now, some people are saying it’s time for Ohio to change its homeschooling laws. They say Takoda’s case is a wake-up call — and changes in state law are necessary in order to protect students who are at risk of child abuse.

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Officials have now opened several investigations into the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. One of the three people arrested in the case was the boy's father, Al-Mutahan McLean, on charges of child abuse, endangerment, torture, and the rape of a person under 13 years old. Two women were also charged in the case.

Dozens of DPS students and parents from across the  district attended the town hall, where students posed questions about issues including school violence, lack of parental involvement and after-school activities to district and city officials.
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At a student-organized “Youth Town Hall” Thursday night, Dayton Public Schools students voiced their concerns about the district.

The event at Thurgood Marshall High School gave students a chance to question a panel of school administrators and elected officials that included Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Students, parents, and community members filled an assembly hall but only students were allowed to address the panel.

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The race to fill three seats on the Dayton School Board has so far elected candidates with close ties to the district. 

Community activist Will Smith won a third of the 30,368 ballots cast, with 9,104 votes. Smith is a DPS graduate whose own child attends school in the district.

Gabriela Pickett came in second place, winning 28 percent of the votes at 8,509. The education researcher's children graduated from DPS.

The third place is too close to call with unofficial results showing Joe Lacey with 6,383 votes, to Dion Sampson Sr.'s 6,372.

Dayton Voters To Decide Dayton School Board Election

Oct 30, 2019
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Dayton voters will decide the Dayton School Board race on Election Day, with four candidates vying for three open seats. The contest comes at a pivotal time for the school district.

To the relief of some district officials, Dayton Public Schools avoided state takeover this year.

The accomplishment came after two years of major systemic changes for the district, including teacher pay increases and a school leadership overhaul.

At a recent forum, school board candidates were quick to mention the improved state report card.

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Beginning Monday, Dayton Public Schools high school students will be eligible for free, direct RTA bus service to school. The dedicated Greater Dayton RTA buses are the second phase of DPS’s recently approved multimillion dollar high school busing plan aimed at improving student attendance.

More than four dozen new limited-service or “LS” buses will operate in designated neighborhoods and transport students to and from six high schools: Belmont, Dunbar, Meadowdale, Ponitz Career Technology Center, Stivers and Thurgood Marshall.

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The Ohio Department of Education school report cards are out, evaluating schools on a range of measures, including student graduation rates and performance on state tests. And while some Dayton Public Schools’ grades held flat over last year, the district showed progress in some key categories.

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Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. 

Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

In the Trotwood Madison City School District, 226 students were displaced by the May tornadoes. Officials say they’re seeing students with signs of trauma related to the tornado and the shooting. 

School Report Card Results Due Thursday

Sep 10, 2019
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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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