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City school president: Report card is unacceptable

Published: Tue, August 25, 2009 @ 2:13 p.m.
2009 School Report Cards

YOUNGSTOWN — The president of the Youngstown City School Board said the school district’s academic emergency rating on its annual state local report card is “absolutely unacceptable.”

Anthony Catale said there have been a couple of factors affecting the district’s ability to concentrate on academics — trying to cut spending to recover from fiscal emergency and a school rebuilding program which has been shifting students and teachers around — , but, “There are no excuses.”

Superintendent Wendy Webb said the Ohio Department of Education’s emphasis this year on “value-added” achievement caused Youngstown to slip from academic watch to emergency.

The district hasn’t shown acceptable levels of student progress over the last three years, resulting in its rating being dropped one position, according to the state.

Read more about the issue in Wednesday’s Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Maybe its time for some fresh faces? Its clear the current administration cannot handle the job and need replaced immediatly. They passed 10th and 11th grade writing. I would feel guilty cashing that paycheck. Thats a .066 percent grade if its unacceptablefor a student to have that grade why should we accept that grade for the schools??

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2Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I know I spelled immediately wrong.

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3Westsider(269 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

So, Mr.Catale, exactly what does the board plan to do? Fire the superintendent? Oh, I forgot, her contract was already renewed and it would cost the board plenty to get rid of her. Congratulations Youngstown! The ONLY school district in the state in academic emergency!! Now that's progress!!

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4harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I went to Chaney when she was the librarian. She was a wasted paycheck back then and still is now. How did she get that job?????

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5JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Acceptable in 2 out of 30 categories? Wow. Thanks for the "absolutely unacceptable" line, Captain Obvious.

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6ytownLADY79(26 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

This is a total disgrace! There needs to be a clear message sent to school officials this November. They are clearly not getting the job done, so we must elect people who will. It appears that there a six people in the race. There are three incumbents, and three challengers. Does anybody know anything about the challengers?

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7FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Typical...parents blaming the school board and administrators. Discipline your kid, make them understand that education is more important than anything else, and I guarantee your test scores will come up. When teacher spend less time disciplining students, they have more time to meet those standards, Dr. Webb. Spread the word.

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8lizzie4444(9 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

What are the curruculum supervisors paid for?? Get rid of them. Some aren't qualified for their position anyhow (Science; since when do home ec teachers qualify for head of SCIENCE department??).

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