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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 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.

The Better Dayton Coalition and Dayton Police officers updated residents about preparations for the KKK-group's rally.
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Activists have released details of a plan to counterprotest an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group’s rally set for Dayton later this month.

At a forum Thursday at Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church, members of the Better Dayton Coalition and the Dayton Police Department urged potential demonstrators to maintain their safety and consider staying home. Dayton Public Schools officials are also asking young people to steer clear of downtown Dayton during the May 25 Honorable Sacred Knights rally.

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already taken over three districts, would be replaced with a different model. 

The DPS-housed health clinic is set to include medical, dental, vision and counseling exam rooms.
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Beginning next fall some Dayton Public Schools students will be able to see a nurse practitioner during the school day. DPS Friday announced a new partnership with Five Rivers Health Centers in Dayton to open a health clinic inside the building that currently houses Dayton Boys Prep Academy, slated to become the future home of Roosevelt Elementary.

The clinic will serve students and is expected to be open to students’ families and neighborhood residents after school hours, regardless of their ability to pay, due to the stipulations of a federal grant.

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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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Community members will get an opportunity to voice their concerns about Dayton Public Schools at a town hall meeting set for Thursday.

DPS officials say the discussion will center on parent engagement, a topic board member and DPS parent Jocelyn Rhynard has focused on during previous meetings. Rhynard is set to facilitate the discussion.

In a statement, DPS said it wants to help families learn how to get involved in their child’s education. The district also wants to establish parent teacher organization in all schools.

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