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New report cards show link between poverty, student performance

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COLUMBUS — Analysis of the Ohio School Report Cards released Friday shows poverty continues to be a driving factor in student performance at school districts across the state.The analysis was conducted by Howard B. Fleeter, a consultant with the Education Tax Policy Institute (ETPI), on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) and Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA).The findings show that scores on state standardized tests vary at school districts based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled. The analysis looked at the latest Performance Index scores, which measure student performance in a school district on state standardized tests.

 

Eagles’ Kelly, Indy’s Luck familiar from college

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For now, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is up on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in head-to-head matches.But that was college. They’re meeting for the first time in the NFL when the Eagles play in Indianapolis on Monday night.Kelly and Luck met three times in NCAA games when the coach led Oregon and the quarterback played for Stanford. Kelly went 2-1.Kelly says there’s everything to like about Luck....

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Unclear future for guarantee games in playoff era

These first few weeks of the college football season feature dozens of so-called “guarantee games” with smaller programs collecting big paychecks by hitting the road for games against major-conference teams.For instance, South Carolina State’s trip to Clemson last week resulted in a 73-7 loss and a $275,000 payment. UC Davis is getting $350,000 for its season-opening visit to Stanford that resulted in a 45-0 trouncing. Sam Houston State got blown out 56-0 at LSU l...

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Buckeyes have dominated games vs in-state schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After this season, Ohio State only has two games scheduled against other teams from the state.Even though the Big Ten is adding a game to its conference schedule in 2016 — eliminating one more possibility per year of the Buckeyes taking on an in-state opponent — Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has no plans for his football team to stop playing schools from within the state’s borders.

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Many obstacles stand in Rice’s path to a comeback

It’s an enduring fact of life in the NFL: If a player has talent, a team will find a place for him, no matter how bad his off-the-field profile might be.Ray Rice is putting that maxim to the test, as much for the deed he did as the fact that it was documented in a stomach-turning video that will be available forever.After suspending him indefinitely, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell left the door open for Rice’s return, telling CBS, “We would have to make...

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Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

ATLANTA (AP) — Under fire for making racially charged comments about a player, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the GM asked for the leave.“This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, t...

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Meijer announces free youth hunting licenses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the sixth consecutive year Meijer is providing hunters 16 years or younger with free youth hunting licenses.The program requires Meijer shoppers to redeem a print coupon or the Meijer MPerks digital coupon in the store for the free youth hunting license. The popular free license program at Meijer is unique to the Midwest retailer, which currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky....

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Xenia scores an “A” in progress

XENIA — Xenia Community Schools students showed progress in the 2013-14 state report cards released on Friday.Despite a D in achievement, the district’s performance index went up half a percent and progress scored an A while the four-year graduation rate went from 79.6 percent to 86.9 percent.The report card consists of four components — student achievement, progress, gap closing and graduation rate. Achievement is the percentage of students were were p...

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Taming modern monopolies

We need to expand the struggle against privatizers.Analysts at the OECD, the Paris-based research agency, have just shared a grim prediction: If current trends “prevail,” all developed nations will show by 2060 “the same level of inequality as currently experienced by the United States.”If we let those current trends continue, that conclusion sounds about right. But why on earth should we let those trends continue? The trends that have made our wo...

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Moving is a four letter word

To me there’s nothing worse on the planet than one particular sentence.It causes me heart palpitations, anxiety and pain.To some its mere utterance has brought about broken friendships and even divorce.I’m talking about this, ‘Hey, can you help me move?’Just mentioning it I broke out in a cold sweat.Moving someone from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ is never easy.No matter who it is and h...

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City pick electric supplier

XENIA — Residents who opt-in to city-negotiated electric aggregation could begin to see lower bills in just a few months.The city on Thursday was authorized by council to enter into an electric aggregation agreement with First Energy Solutions to act as the city’s certified retail electric supplier. Aggregation was approved by Xenia residents in November 2013 and after receiving four bids, the city chose FES.The company offered a two-year term with a rate tha...

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Cedarville ranked 6th in Midwest

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University, known for its rigorous academic standards from a Christian worldview, is ranked sixth in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Regional Colleges ranking.“At Cedarville University, we focus on equipping students to pursue excellence with a Gospel mission,” said Thomas White, president. “Seeing that U.S. News & World Report has listed Cedarville as one of the premier universities in the Midwest ...

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Cedarville among best colleges for value

CEDARVILLE — When it comes to value, Cedarville University is among the best in the country.The Greene County school has been ranked 25th among the top 150 colleges for the money nationwide by College Factual, a trusted and respected resource that uses customizable tools and outcomes-based rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process.

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Holts celebrate 40th anniversary

ENON — Richard and Linda (Coddington) Holt celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24. They were married on this date in 1974.They are the parents of two children, Andy of Enon, and Becky and Matt Ryan of Milford. They are the proud grandparents of Dawson, Parker and Paige Holt and Trevor Ryan. They celebrated earlier in the month with a family beach vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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Beaver backs run wild on Fairborn

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Skyhawks had a rough time containing the Beavercreek running game and protecting the ball on offense, Friday night at Skyhawk Stadium. The Beavers, hungry for their first win, attacked the defensive line and ran up and down the field. They won, 33-21.After a scoreless first quarter, the Beavercreek ground game came alive in the second. Beavercreek junior Tim Bradshaw gained 157 yards rushing by the end of the quarter and three touchdowns. Senior quarte...

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Grand Chapter 125th session

DAYTON —The Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold its 125th session at the Dayton Convention Center Sept. 26-28.The session, known as the “Journey of Life,” will be led by Worthy Grand Matron Gail Walsh, of Maumee, Ohio, member of Waterville’s Triune chapter, and Worthy Grand Patron Steve Farus, of Duncan Falls, Ohio, member of Duncan Falls’ Olive Branch chapter.The session is open to all Eastern Star members. Greene Co...

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“Tails on Trails” 5K scheduled

XENIA — Local dog owners are invited to bring their canine as they walk or run during the second annual “Tails on Trails” 5K run/walk, a fundraiser for the Scout Dog Park in Xenia. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Old Town Reserve, 1360 Old Springfield Pike.Participants and their leashed pets will head out on the Little Miami Scenic Trail for the 5K event.Anyone, with or without a dog, is welcome to join the 5K.Cost fo...

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Science in the stacks

ENON — It’s early afternoon at the Enon library and things are about to erupt.Forty children from local elementary and middle schools sit expectantly on the floor. They are taking part in a summer enrichment program — in this case a session titled “Exploring Earth Science through Explosions, Excavations and the Environment.”Volcanoes are on the agenda.

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