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Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:27 PM
Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history.
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues with their sponsor, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.
The sponsor has said ECOT’s finances won’t keep it open through the school year considering a ruling that it repay the state $60 million for over-reporting student attendance. ECOT contests that ruling.
ECOT says it has nearly 12,000 students across the state, making it one of the state’s largest school districts. It’s as if a school district the size of Dayton’s were suddenly shutting down, said Chad Aldis, Ohio policy director for the charter school think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
“It’s the largest charter school ever,” he said.
ECOT students are spread throughout the region. There are 479 students in the Dayton school district who attend ECOT, while more than a dozen other local schools have at least a classroom’s worth of students enrolled in the charter school.
Many of those students could come back to their public school district. Dayton school officials did not respond to questions Friday about how the closure could impact them.
Some parents are expected to try to enroll their children in one of Ohio’s several other online schools.
Wherever the students go, “it’s going to be a nightmare for the receiving school, but most importantly for the families involved,” Aldis said.
ECOT has a large number of high school students, and Aldis fears some may drop out instead of continuing their education.
ECOT has until next week to respond to its sponsor and offer remedies that could prevent a closure, according to the Ohio Department of Education. For the moment, the school remains operational and students can log on for classes as normal.
“If it does close, families have several options,” said Brittany Halpin, spokeswoman for the department. The department’s website, education.ohio.gov, has a “Find a school” search on the homepage. By typing in the county of residence, parents will see a list of school options that include traditional school districts offer open enrollment, online and private schools.
Parents would then need to contact the chosen school to start the enrollment process.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
SHELBY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 4 p.m.
A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.
Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.
A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.
The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.
UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.
A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.
“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.
None of the victims’ names have been released.
The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.
“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”
The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.
“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.
The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.
The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.
Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.
The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.
According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.
Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
HOUSTON — Approximately 1,500 guests attended former first lady Barbara Bush's private funeral ceremony in Houston Saturday.
Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.
About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported.
The service took place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush delivered a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham also gave remarks during the 90-minute service. Multiple musical selections were performed.
A procession followed, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported.
Notable guests included first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— Filtered sunshine, but milder for the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures approach 60 degrees, which is closer to normal.
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening and overnight tonight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.
Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine on Sunday, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, highs in the middle 60s.
Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.
Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers, highs will drop back into the upper 50s.
Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of Wednesday, highs will be near 60 degrees.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 5:01 PM
— Dayton police say stepped-up patrols have led to fewer gun crimes and more drug and prostitution arrests in the North Main Street corridor where residents have long complained of rampant crime and where several women have been found dead in yards and alleys since June.
Dayton police on Friday announced that on Dec. 4, 2017 the West Patrol Operations Division assigned two patrol officers to focus their efforts along the North Main corridor.
“The officers work closely with other bureaus within the police department, along with neighborhood leaders and residents, to pursue crime reduction and improved public safety,” says a release from the city. “These officers have attended numerous neighborhood association meetings and forged relationships with thirteen area businesses.”
This initiative has led to a 5 percent decrease in gun crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults compared to the same period in 2017, the city says.
They have also increased arrests for drugs, prostitution, weapons and traffic citations. This includes serving eight search warrants and conducting seven underage sale of tobacco investigations along the corridor.
North Main’s problems were put in the spotlight last month when the Dayton Daily News featured the unsolved deaths of five women in the area and residents’ efforts to reclaim the neighborhood.
Anyone who witnesses any criminal or suspicious activity in the North Main area is asked to call 333-COPS to report it. To remain anonymous, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.
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