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Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 7:04 AM
— The push to change Ohio’s state report card system for schools continued to get louder this week, as a work group of state school board members and education advocates released their recommended changes.
After months of meetings, the group on Tuesday recommended eliminating all A-F letter grades and replacing them with language like “meets standards” or “exceeds standards.” They recommended eliminating K-3 Literacy and “indicators met” as graded measures, and they called for further study on the “value-added” system that the state uses to measure student and school growth.
A full state board resolution on the recommendations was introduced Tuesday, then tabled for future consideration.
Most of the changes the work group recommended would require approval from the state legislature, and several of them are in line with State Rep. Mike Duffey’s House Bill 591 on the same topic, which had hearings this spring, but did not advance for a vote.
Since that bill did not pass, schools and districts will, for the first time in years, receive overall letter grades on the 2017-18 report card that is released in September.
“I think they’re going to be very disappointed with those grades, and then I think there will be a renewed urgency to reform the report card,” Duffey said. “I wanted a moratorium on the overall letter grade, and that just didn’t happen (in time).”
Duffey, who communicated with this work group during its study, said Tuesday that the group’s recommendations need to be more specific and need to consider how pieces of the report card work together.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police.
No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:30 PM
QUICK-LOOK FORECAST — >> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar
This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.
Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.
Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.
Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.
Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.
Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s.
Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE@4:38 p.m.:
Dayton police on Monday afternoon declined to comment on the relations between the victim and the suspect. However, officers acknowledged that both men lived at the address where the shooting occurred.
“They’re working on the motivation, putting the case together to present for the consideration of change,” Lt. Jason Hall said of investigators.
Residents at the apartment complex expressed shock at Lawrence’s death, saying the 70-year-old worked around the complex.
“He was a neighborhood maintenance man, he spoke to the kids, if you needed help, he was there to help, really sad and unfortunate,” said one woman who asked not to be identified.
Most residents at the complex seem to think Lawrence was killed while sitting on a couch, something police did not confirm Monday. They’re not sure why Simpson would shoot him but say, if he did, it just doesn’t make any sense.
UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m.:
A woman, who identified herself as the mother of a 19-year-old arrested on a murder charge, called police after receiving a call from her son, according to a 911 call obtained by this news outlet.
“I just left work. He called me and said ‘come home,’” the woman said.
“And he said he shot someone, my roommate.”
The call ends with the woman saying she arrived at home followed by “Oh my God,” before the line disconnects.
We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder after a reported shooting at a Dayton home Sunday morning.
Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 3700 block of Lakebend Drive on reports of a person shot, according to dispatch records.
A man listed as the victim in a Dayton police incident report was identified as Robert Lawrence, 70, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. His cause and manner of death were still under investigation, according to officials.
A man arrested at the scene, identified as Markell Simpson, 19, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder, according to jail records.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
TROY — An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.
Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.
Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.
Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the church.
A cause of death has not yet been determined.