Graduating Latino

Our series looks at both the obstacles and successes of Latino families navigating the education system in the Miami Valley.

Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on December 24, 2014.
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Matters Of Black Lives: Three Protesters Look Back At Christmas Eve Arrests

Black Lives Matter protesters will return to the federal courthouse in downtown Dayton Friday afternoon to demand justice for John Crawford III. Crawford, who was Black, was shot and killed by a white police officer at the Beavercreek Walmart in August 2014. Crawford was talking on his cell phone and holding a BB gun sold in the store when someone called 911 on him; police say they believed he had a real gun, and shot within seconds of entering the store. After a Greene County Special Grand...
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Conrad Balliet reads two poems by Ron Palmer, "I'm Sorry" and "Free Me Lord."

David Garrison reads David Petreman's poem, "Living Large."

Vandalia-Butler School District

Officials with the Vandalia-Butler School District have plans to take more local control over the district’s curriculum and assessment process.

The district is one of several in Ohio that want to radically change their relationship to the state.

George Bernard Shaw's famous comedy Heartbreak House is about Romance vs. Commerce in WWI. It is led by Captain Shotover who can only produce destructive inventions - and lives in a house where no conventions or traditions are observed. This play is peopled by characters that twist each of these points-of-view into comic consideration. A play particularly suited to our time. This is at the Dayton Theatre Guild now through June 14.

Funding Levels For State's School Districts In Limbo During Budget Talks

May 29, 2015

The deadline for a new two-year state budget is just a month away. The House and the Governor have different proposals and the Senate is expected to deliver their version in about two weeks. Local school districts will have to wait to see what finally gets adopted.

Gov. John Kasich wants to change the school funding formula to put more state money into the hands of poor districts. He wants the state to look at the average income in a district, not just its property values, to decide how much money the district gets.

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More military sexual assault cases will be tried at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the next few months. The Dayton Daily News has done some extensive reporting on the issue and how prevalent these types of cases are. In the following interview, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney talks with DDN reporter Barrie Barber.

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Senators are preparing to put together and unveil their version of the budget that was passed by the House last month, which featured key differences from the original spending plan from Gov. John Kasich. But finishing the budget on time might be difficult.

Republican Senate Finance Chair Scott Oelslager of Canton says once all proposed amendments to the $71.5 billion budget are turned in, it’ll be full steam ahead.

Tornado Touched Down In Beavercreek Without Warning

May 27, 2015
The National Weather Service confirms a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.
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The National Weather Service in Wilmington has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.

At least one person suffered minor injuries and the twister damaged a few buildings in the Greene Crossing Shopping Center. But the tornado was especially surprising because there were no sirens before it struck.

Beavercreek resident Rick Beal says he was driving home from the shopping center when it hit. There had been strong winds, but the actual tornado touched down really briefly.

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A Clark County sheriff's deputy has been fired after admitting to publishing racist tweets.  A concerned citizen saw the posts on Twitter and realized they belonged to a member of local law enforcement.

Tuesday night, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says he received an email containing social media posts from one of his deputies, Zachary Davis, that were made in late April. The posts encouraged the use of deadly force against protesters in Baltimore along with racist language to describe African-Americans.

State Lawmaker Wants To Remove Time Limits On Rape Convictions

May 27, 2015

A freshman lawmaker wants to crack down on cases of rape and domestic abuse in Ohio.

State Rep. Greta Johnson of the Akron area says her bill would get rid of the statute of limitations altogether for rape crimes. It would also make all spousal rape and sexual battery illegal.

Johnson, a former prosecutor, says there’s only one way to describe rape.

“It is a murder of the soul. It is something that every victim defines their life in as everything that happened before and everything that happens after,” Johnson said.

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