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Youngstown schools to get stimulus funds

Published: Wed, March 17, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.




The Youngstown City School District is getting more than $8 million in federal stimulus funding to help improve academic achievement, but the federal government is deciding how a big chunk of that money must be spent.

Superintendent Wendy Webb said $3.5 million is being channeled directly into federally-funded programs focusing on remedial reading and math and other programs targeting low- income children under Title 1.

Title 1 is a federal program that allocates supplemental money to schools with large concentrations of low-income students to help those students meet academic goals. Nearly 90 percent of Youngstown’s 6,500 students are listed as economically disadvantaged.

Webb said the district has no discretion over where that money will be spent during the two-year stimulus-funding period that ends June 30, 2011. The federal government has determined that it must go into existing Title 1 programming, she said.

The district has decided how the remaining funds (some $4.8 million, according to a budget she provided to The Vindicator) will be spent, Webb said. It all must go toward academic-intervention efforts to improve student performance, she said.

A large portion of those funds — $1.2 million — has been set aside for the state Academic Distress Commission established to assist the city school district in improving academically.

A breakdown of the remaining funding includes:

$2,104,434 divided among the seven elementary and five middle schools for tutoring, literacy positions, staff development, counselors and implementing improvement strategies. Building principals have discretion on how the money will be spent.

$500,000 to continue the Governor’s Initiative targeting students for academic and behavioral intervention.

$389,000 for curriculum devel- opment, including funds set aside to use the services of the Mahoning County Educational Service Center to analyze student performance data and assist in implementing the use of that data to improve instruction.

$182,000 for library and community homework tutoring centers set up across the district.

$116,000 for various learning material programs.

$107,000 to hire ONTASC Inc. to help develop the district’s strategic five-year plan and social/emotional project support.

$85,000 to fund an ongoing Constitution Day/Law Day program that brings local attorneys into the schools.

$58,000 to Karns Consulting Inc. to provide leadership strategies for principals.

$45,000 for peer-tutoring programs that have high-school students serving as tutors for younger children.

$40,000 for an after-school academic intervention and intramural sports program.

$36,168 to launch technology clubs that will have students working on individual school building Web sites.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Another waste of taxpayer dollars that the Federals don't have. More DemoCROOK tax and spend programs that won't work. Until the parents of the kids in the Y-town schools get involved in their kids education, nothing is gonna change because of money. The total lack of family moral values among the black majority inner city is the root cause of the education failure and money can't fix that.

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2Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Good morning Union Forever...

I agree that families need to be more involved in their childrens education, and the decline of moral values is a cause of many problems.

It is not limited however to the "black majority inner city" . (I think I know what you were trying to say.) The decline of moral values runs across all races and socio economic profiles, mostly because our children do what we do, not what we say.

Blaming the decline of education on the "black majority inner city" would be like blaming the decline of General Motors on the majority of its union members. I dont thinik either comment is fair, balanced, informative or constructive.

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3candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Youngstown Public Schools are graduating people who could run Youngstown Public Schools.

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4nuganuech(46 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

For Joes

The too numerous to count mistakes in your post are a perfect example of the education problems in the Mahoning Valley. By "fill" did you mean feel? And by "waist" I'm guessing you meant "waste" as in the value of your post?

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5palbubba(802 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

More money we can borrow from China to throw at a failed system. This money will only add positions to the failed system we have and when the funding stops the positions will still be there to add to the deficit we have. The presidents recent lowering of standards will improve the rating, not because the education has gotten better but the standards were lowered. The teachers union has already shown they do not care about the level of education.

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6borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Now not only do your property tax dollars and your state tax dollars go to the schools, now your federal dollars are going to the schools. Keep on throwing money at the problem, that always and always and always works.

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7studentmom(6 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So why don't we just close the Youngstown School system and not give a damn! So many want to throw away these kids' opportunity to learn. You have all the answers. Why don't you show them how to improve the system. I am a product of the Youngstown School System. I believe I got a quality education and I continue to get a quality education at YSU. Yes, there needs to be more parental involvement in Youngstown. There is a cycle going on and it needs to be broken. However, these children are the future. They need every opportunity afforded to them to learn. Not all programs will work. Not all children will "succeed" but that does not give you or anyone the right to take away their opportunity to learn. Instead of placing blame on others, do something to help correct the problems (starting with attitudes about these children). I am not saying change doesn't need to be made, because it does. This starts with peoples' peception that all kids in Youngstown are doomed to fail. There will be many to succeed and I promise you those are the ones that will make a difference in our tomorrow.

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8Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


You're perpetual ignorance,..

See in this instance you speak as though democrats are crooks when the factual numbers so your clan has a historic and current lock on presenting mass corruption,.. that's fact.

Right in conjunction with piously angling as if " Black majority " inner city schools. Are thee only places where getting through to youth is a challenge,.. that's a lie.

Also funding doesn't teach children merely by the dollar. Those dollars affords books, teachers, programs, learning aides and activities that better support teaching be bolstered and or even possible.

With your being so consistently wrong and one sided in floating your fables of fallacies. I find you and those like you priceless in referencing those like you when getting through to children, teens and fellow Independents. Stressing how easy it is to think, know, do and accomplish beyond you and your scope and leave you behind.

See the barrier for many is actually taking time out of mind and focus to try figuring out what on earth makes you the way you are and expend far too much mind matter wallowing in the mud with you trying to argue with, educate and or transform you.

Where clearly it's of no use and simply knowing you exist is enough. But in way of the focus required to truly get things done you're irrelevant. You only matter if we relent to accepting your ignorance as in anyway pertinent to what we desire to accomplish.

Be away if you think us tuning you out now gets you upset. I think you're in for another intolerance education in the forthcoming elections. See as people and Americans the enrichment of life is within caring about others along with caring for ones self. It's not " Us against them " or trying to forge a divisive superiority or inferiority against another being nor body of them.

Thus since you don't respect that nor bear any accord with those of us who do. It's clear you're worthless to any effort of establishing a more perfect union to be the best we can all be and propel our neighborhoods, communities, cities, states and country as the best on earth.

Which clearly that's not your interest, focus or desire wanting to perpetuate conflict. Thus the more you speak and make that conclusive it's making a measurable impact on getting others to realize we'll have to advance and prosper without you and those of the ilk you dwell in as mindset,..

See things and people become extinct when better methods, products and manner are discovered to work. Where in having success in emphasizing that as Americans with values and interests differing from you.

As the majority we're working together on any and all issues of refinement and resolve without you,.. and so what you don't like it.

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9Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

@ palbubba

You're flat out lying again,..

The academic standards haven't been lowered there's been sensible changes made to the failed program he inherited and those teachers and students had forced upon them.

A program that was intentionally underfunded and thus wasn't allowed to be evaluated more quickly to deem it a universal failure.

The changes made is averting the failed focus that was placed upon median curriculum to continue. An emphasis that didn't gauge intellect and geared to the false sense of evaluating how well students could herded through the system via memorized test as the standard.

See clearly you're one who'd back lying the country into more wars for private profit. A direction so malicious it resulted in mass losses of life and so malign that it fleeced us to such a degree.

That this China debt you're now speaking of had to be mortgaged with a record deficit IOU. In order to pay for a grand sum of treacherous robbery committed by your brand of executive extortion employing torts to break treaties going on a rampage of unfettered treason,..

Thus is what so unquestionably makes you and your brand intolerably irrelevant now,.. Pal?,.. Bubba?

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10stain(27 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Unionforever wants to unionize every single business possible yet he hates Democrats??? What kind of union did you work in?

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11Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


Stop sniveling already,..

Knock it off you insignificant nobody. Because in contrast it's unquestionably clear that your own egregious lack of intellect insults you and that of mine humiliates you,.. hows that for dissecting?

Which in and of itself deems you're too irrelevant to anything of any pertinence to even allege your time being wasted,.. you ridiculous rodent.

Oh and in regards to being the butt of the joke post,.. you're it !!!

Now go run tell those whom had you so mislead to believe you'd even remotely be taken seriously by someone like me.

So you tell them that they flat out lied to you, you were stupid enough to believe it and I just effortlessly proved it for the fun of it all.

Now pay attention there dumb dumb and don't let them fool you like that again,.. LOL !!!

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12Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

How bad are these schools when there are alot of people who graduated from these high schools and went off to college and working in very professional fields?

Yeah they could be alot better but believe it or not there are plenty of kids learning something to help them through life in a posititve way.

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