DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF / WRGT) – Dayton public schools are fighting back after failing for two consecutive years.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli issued a statement on the district's Facebook page:

"DPS has worked tirelessly to improve things and prevent a state takeover. We use the data to identify gaps in student learning and work to fill them by focusing on the needs of each student. Teachers also received additional training in the fall and continue to implement proven teaching practices. "

John McManus, a member of the Dayton Education Council, said board members had suggested Dr. Lolli to issue a statement about their situation.

"I've been very encouraged to see this," McManus said.

He added that being transparent about this possibility is important. In September, parents told ABC 22 / FOX 45 that communication between them and DPS was a problem.

McManus said sharing this update with parents can also get them to help their children by reading with them or making sure they are studying.

Another way to work to prevent a government takeover is to register permanently.

"The ongoing surveillance in the district is out of step with that conducted in previous years," McManus said.

He added that it is also essential to ensure that urgency is present.

"We must protect the right of this community to protect its own school district," said McManus.

He and the others are convinced that the district will avoid the recovery again.

"We have schools filled with incredible professionals who are focused on this possibility," he said.

Stare Board of Education Vice President Charlotte McGuire said she wanted to support the district and that she also thought she would stand up if everyone worked together.

"It's not just the district, it's the parents, the other stakeholders, whether it's our educational service center, the businessmen, the government officials," McGuire said. It's part of the Dayton tradition. "

ABC 22 / FOX 45 contacted the Ohio Department of Education to find out where DPS is in terms of progress, and was told that they should contact their colleagues who know the district to get the information. information.

If a state takeover comes into effect, the State University Distress Commission will step in to help improve the district.

They will hire independent consultants to observe classroom instructions and review standards with educators.

They will also meet with the school board, school management and parents, and then formulate a set of recommendations based on their findings.