Back to school in Dayton: focus on writing

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Fourteen-thousand students are starting their first day of classes in the Dayton Public School District.

2 NEWS spoke to superintendent Lori L. Ward about the 2014-2015 school year.

Ward says students in every grade will see an emphasis on writing.

“So we will be writing not only in academic areas, but also in physical education and the arts, so we look forward to that. It’s going to just be a common theme and it will really help improve reading skills,” Ward said.

There are new graduation requirements for the Class of 2018. Ward is urging parents of high school freshmen to familiarize themselves with those requirements.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will not be impacted by those changes; they will take the Ohio Graduation Test.

This is also the first year Ohio schools are implementing the Common Core standards.

The district’s hotline is open for parents who still have questions about topics ranging from busing to registration. It’s open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. through August 29th. The number is 542-3010. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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