Superintendent insists Dayton Public Schools is only an "F" on paper
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Just days after state report cards gave Dayton Public Schools a failing grade, city and district leaders say they're excited about the future.
"Dayton Public Schools is only an "F" on paper. We are not an "F" school district," Dr. Elizabeth Lolli, superintendent of Dayton Public Schools said. Lolli made a short statement Wednesday morning during the City of Learners update.
The program has been in place since 2014 and every year Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and school leaders give a report on what's been accomplished in the past year. Unless improvements are made, DPS could be under a state takeover next September. Even with a failing grade, Dr. Lolli said the data on the report card shows improvements "we've made significant changes and gains, however, we still have much to do," she said.
Mayor Whaley expressed some frustration with the report card, saying grades are based completely on income."If you're a wealthy district you get an "A" and if you're a poor district you get an "F"." Whaley said the city is working to increase wages in the community and said while she knows DPS is a poor district, it doesn't mean quality education is out of reach.
The mayor touted accomplishments like the Pre-School Promise, saying more than 1,000 students in Dayton are going to pre-school. She expressed excitement about the new school board and said she has complete confidence in its members and the new superintendent, "we're really focused on moving forward."