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Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 1:24 PM
Trotwood school board candidates made suggestions on improving student achievement and classroom learning environments at a candidate forum hosted Monday night by the Dayton Unit NAACP.
All five candidates running for three seats on the school board were present for the question-and-answer session – incumbents Myra Bozeman, Deborah Daniel and Denise Moore, plus challengers Toni Perry Gillispie and Norman Scearce.
The event came just 10 days after Trotwood-Madison schools earned the worst performance index of Ohio’s 608 school districts on the state report card. Candidates had a variety of opinions on how to fix that.
Gillispie proposed a three-prong plan on transportation, teachers and technology. She said the district needs more bus drivers in its pipeline and needs better relationships with local colleges that produce teachers. She said moving to a computer-per-child system could give students an advantage.
Daniel said everyone from school board to administrators to parents had a role in the district’s failures. She said Trotwood needs to dissect its data better to come up with better strategies. She also suggested that hiring more classroom aides would allow for more small group or one-on-one instruction.
Scearce wants stronger parent involvement, saying families need to be able to make children work even if they don’t want to. He suggested several other ideas, including merit pay for effective teachers, a move to all-day preschool, and a need to get more books in students’ homes to combat summer learning loss. He was critical of Superintendent Kevin Bell’s performance.
Bozeman also called for more community pride and family support, such as making sure students get to Saturday school or after-school programs. She said Trotwood needs to research what other districts are doing right and use their data. She wants more effort to help students who fall in the middle academically, not just at the top or bottom.
Moore said Trotwood needs to identify the needs and barriers of its students, and then evaluate classroom instruction. She said the district should raise standards and expectations, and hold everyone accountable. Moore wants teachers to have more freedom in how they teach, and said students need to respect teachers more.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 5:25 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:
All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.
UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:
The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.
The right lane remains closed.
Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.
Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
— We’ll see a little bit more sunshine today but once again, passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. It will be a notch warmer with highs in the middle 60s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 40s.
Monday: A dry start to your Monday is expected but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.
Tuesday: A few scattered showers are expected. It won’t be a wash-out but you will want to keep the umbrella handy. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of the day with highs near 60 degrees.
Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 3:15 PM
Antarctica — The ice deep below eight of Antarctica's largest glaciers is melting at an alarming rate, a new scientific analysis has revealed.
According to the study, which was published this month in the academic journal Nature Geoscience, Antarctica's frozen underbelly is melting and receding at a rate around five times faster than normal. In the centuries following an ice age, glacier grounding lines should retreat about 82 feet per year. But the ice under Antarctica is retreating at speeds peaking around 600 feet annually.
Between 2010 and 2016, researchers discovered that warming ocean temperatures had melted away approximately 565 square miles of the southernmost continent's underwater ice. That's roughly the size of London, England.
Scientists focus a lot of attention on melting ice in Antarctica because it can have a major impact on rising sea levels, Justin C. Burton, assistant professor at Emory University's department of physics, said. If all of Antarctica's ice were to melt, this would raise sea levels by 200 feet.
"If greenhouse gas emissions aren't controlled, then many models show that a significant portion of the Antarctic ice sheets will eventually melt, especially Western Antarctica," Burton said, adding that even if it took centuries for all of the ice to melt, the shorter-term implications of rising sea levels would still be a significant problem for humanity.
"A few meters of sea level rise in the near future would be devastating," he said. "This study shows that the retreat is very rapid in many areas of Antarctica, although some have stabilized."
For the new study, scientists from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling (CPOM) at the University of Leeds turned to satellite imagery and buoyancy equations to map out the "invisible retreat" of Antarctica's underwater ice. Their analysis focused on about 10,000 miles (or roughly one-third) of the continent's total perimeter.
"What's happening is that Antarctica is being melted away at its base. We can't see it, because it's happening below the sea surface," Professor Andrew Shepherd, one of the authors of the paper, told The Guardian. "The changes mean that very soon the sea-level contribution from Antarctica could outstrip that from Greenland."
Lead study author Hannes Konrad said in a statement that the data provides "clear evidence that retreat is happening across the ice sheet due to ocean melting at its base. This retreat has had a huge impact on inland glaciers, because releasing them from the seabed removes friction, causing them to speed up and contribute to global sea level rise.”
"Now that we have mapped the whole edge of the ice sheet, it rules out any chance that parts of Antarctica are advancing. We see retreat in more places and stasis elsewhere. The net effect is that the ice sheet overall is retreating. People can't say 'you've left a stone unturned'. We've looked everywhere now," Shepherd said.
Burton sees this new study as an even stronger challenge to climate change skeptics.
"It only solidifies our previous estimates of glacial retreat. For scientists, the current questions we face are not: 'is the climate changing,'" he said, pointing out that even major oil companies recognize that environmental changes are due to human influence.
"The questions we face now are 'how much' and 'how fast'. These are more difficult to answer, but previous estimates from decades ago seem to be accurate, and very worrisome," he said. "I think much of the skepticism today stems from a distrust of science itself. The skeptics aren't offering any type of scientific rebuttal. This is unfortunate, as climate change is perhaps the biggest problem humanity faces."
Beyond Antarctica's melting ice, a major scientific study published in December suggested that the worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true.
"Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 percent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century," Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, who co-authored the study, said at the time.
Last year, more than 15,000 scientists from around the world signed an open letter warning that quick and drastic actions should be undertaken by society to address the threat of climate change.
"Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," scientists wrote in the letter. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home."
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
— Retail giant Target is launching its car-seat recycling program again this year on Earth Day.
The program encourages parents to bring in their old car seats in exchange for a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, booster seat, travel system or stroller.
Target is setting up a drop-off box near Guest Services where people can exchange their old car seats for a coupon.
The program starts on Sunday and runs until May 5, and consumers will then have until May 19 to use the coupons.
The retailer said in a press release that the car seats will be recycled into new items like grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials.