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To renew, or not to renew, is that even a question? DPS Superintendent Ward’s Contract

The Board of Education seems to be putting their elbows in their ears and saying “Nah, nah, nah, nah” while ignoring the upcoming deadline to review, renew or take action on Superintendent Lori Ward‘s contract. Coming due next month, Ward is paid almost $200,000 a year- and has been at the helm since taking over Read More

Dayton neighborhood schools: Finally!

Twenty years after I ran for Mayor saying we needed a return to neighborhood schools, the school board has caught on. However, if anyone thinks this process is now going to go over easy- they are sadly mistaken. After working so hard to “theme” and “brand” schools- and promote “choice” trying to go back is Read More

Dayton Public Schools has changed

As he’s getting ready to slip out of town, Dr. Kurt Stanic is owed some accolades. If you’ve met him- you’d probably realize he’s the epitome of public servant: he does his job with passion, and doesn’t like to take the credit. While he’ll probably be remembered by most for wanting to tear down Julienne, Read More

Barack Obama owes me a pen knife, and owes you one too.

If there is one Bush legacy that I hope can leave the USA in January, it’s our State of Fear. In fact, when I went to hear Senator Obama at the Nutter Center back in February, he talked about not being afraid anymore. This was after the TSA took my little Swiss Army pen knife Read More

Dayton Public Schools- Now what?

Reality: the big levy got whupped, programs were cut, more students will leave because of program cuts, funding drops as students leave, and now- because the skip to “Continuous improvement” was because of an incentive portion of the scoring system, not an actual huge gain, you’re one year away from State intervention- with no real Read More