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School Report Card Results Due Thursday

Jess Mador

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.

But in July, state lawmakers put a moratorium on school takeovers, sparing Dayton for another year. Advocates, including Dayton School Board Vice President Jocelyn Rhynard, have pushed for the complete abolishment of the state takeover system, saying it hampers a district’s efforts to improve. 

Lawmakers are now debating what to do with the system. One bill would eliminate it altogether. Other proposals include giving more control to local school districts during the process.

So far, three Ohio school districts have been taken over so far. Dayton was the only district in the state to earn a second consecutive F last year. Nine other districts received their first. 

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April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.