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YSU decision worries YEC students

Published: Sat, March 13, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.




Efrain Maldonado fears his educational future is at risk.

The Youngstown Early College sophomore is concerned that the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees’ decision to end its involvement in the program, which is conducted on the YSU campus, could spell disaster for students who enrolled but may not be able to complete their education at YSU.

YEC is a partnership between YSU and the Youngstown city schools, launched in 2004 to provide selected students with an opportunity to earn college credit while completing their high school education on the university campus.

The trustees, voting last month as the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee, ended that partnership effective June 30, citing finances and a need to re-address priorities as the reasons.

Maldonado was among about three dozen students and supporters of YEC who showed up at another Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting Friday to see if the trustees might reconsider their position.

He didn’t address the committee but told The Vindicator that he is afraid students won’t get the same educational benefits and scholarship assistance that has been available to them at YSU if another academic institution takes over the partnership with the city schools.

The trustees’ action is cheating the kids out of their education, said his mother, Miriam Maldonado.

“They’re cutting them at the knees right now,” she said.

The committee did hear from two adults speaking on behalf of YEC.

The Rev. Lewis Macklin II, president of ACTION, a faith-based community-action group, and the Rev. Kenneth Simon, president of the Community Mobilization Committee, spoke on the need for the program to continue.

The Rev. Mr. Macklin said he wasn’t asking for a reconsideration of the trustees’ decision but wants assurances that a reasonable and suitable transition plan is put into place to ensure program continuity.

ACTION presented the trustees with petitions bearing 21,000 signatures asking that a transition plan be crafted to allow another institution to responsibly sustain and support a partnership with the city schools.

The newly formed Eastern Gateway Community College has stepped forward offering to take on the partnership but has said it will need help from YSU to do it, particularly in terms of space. EGCC would like the program to remain on the YSU campus for up to three years, with EGCC providing the college-level courses the students would take.

The Rev. Mr. Simon, saying he was disturbed by the trustees’ decision, said the board didn’t take into account the interests of the students involved.

He asked the board to reconsider ending the partnership.

Scott Schulick, chairman of the board of trustees, said that a joint committee appointed by him and Anthony Catale, president of the city school board, is working on a transition plan and may well come back to the trustees for some action to implement that plan.

The committee needs to be allowed to do its work, he said.


1rocko1(1 comment)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This is what happens when you allow Catale who has no qualifications whatsoever to obtain a position on the board. Youngstown City Schools will never recover until you remove all those white administrators who don't even live in the city and who don't send their kids to the schools. They don't have our kids best interest at heart and the teachers union only care about money. When our kids have to look at teachers and staff members who don't look like them or cant relate with them it causes a problem. Get rid of the young punk on the school board he is CANCER.

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2genius_girl(20 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

If that is not a racist post then I don't know what is? But then again what do you expect!! I will leave you with this quote:

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind”
John Tillotson quotes

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3Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago


In the midst of those two percussive and repercussion sentiments where do we start the repair and mending here,..

I can relate to both sentiments and in a more tranquil sense there's truth in what both contributors quipped,..

I don't agree with re-tooling by race having anything to do with anything. Where on that note of supporting no color nor gender barriers.

I can recall an ethic male that held the top position of the city schools for a bit. Which he's likely been the worst in generational history and not by race nor gender but by individual record,.. and I'm not talking about the late Mr. Pegues either.

But I not only agree that everything about Youngstown has historically been fed off of by non resident quote unquote " outsiders " and it's ruined the area.

It's not opinion when the facts leaves no question as to whats happened and all to easy to understand.

See whenever any area is fleeced by poachers that commute in to suck up the money and jettison back out when the clock strikes 05:00pm.

You're going to have resulting ruins as a result of what we can call a re-vamping of robbery via Renaissance.

Which that predatory practice encompasses everything from almost each and every position or aspect of the schools, cops, judges, city workers even the garbage men are disproportionately commuters and or transplants,..

I've seen and heard about the cyclical practice of family and friends shuttling in no counts / non qualified check riders just because they can,.. that's got to stop.

It's gotten so out of hand that in the city aside from the main branch downtown there's not a post office on any side of town in Youngstown.

See somehow somebody has found a way to even siphon that money to remote locations,.. suck the sweetness right out of a cake and don't even disturb the icing.

Then for the cunning crooks at state level to be so corrupt to devise a " law " that says one can be a city worker and not live in the area they feed off of takes the cake,.. just plain Rotten.

That's the same predatory theft that resulted in the city of Youngstown formerly having the lake piers as profit generating property.

But while making Downtown a one way washout in a heist of fleecing funding for contractor buddies. Those profitable lake piers were sold to the state and the city parks went broke.

It's a practice that hasn't stopped and the residents of Youngstown better stand up if they're going to reclaim anything. Because right now there's nothing left that's not being taken,.. and or commuted.

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