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City schools again won’t be in Race to Top grant race

Published: Wed, May 12, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.

The Youngstown City School District won’t be participating in the state effort to secure second round funding under the federal Race to the Top grant program.

“I would like to,” said Superintendent Wendy Webb, but the reluctance of the Youngstown Education Association, the district’s teacher union, to sign a memorandum of understanding as part of the application process means Youngstown won’t be involved.

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1Silence_Dogood(1558 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Why spend all that time and effort in a race to the top. This district is allready at the top, the top of the list of the worst schools in the state.

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2tookie(64 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

You can tell who is running the schools -- the teacher's union. The idea is to assign the best teachers to the worst performing schools. A good strategy in improving Youngstown test scores. We can only hope the academic commission will take strong measures to take control of the schools away from the union.

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3hopesinger76(1 comment)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I am a teacher in NM, and have been working in a school that has not made AYP in years. Our school is staffed with some of the best teachers I have ever worked with, and although students make huge gains in a year, because they start so low (the school is a middle school and the students read at a second to fourth grade level) we just can't make AYP, especially since the bar keeps moving upward.

And the only thing I can truly believe about the Race to the top is that it will ensure one of two things: that teachers leave the profession in groups, or that lower performing schools will get the worst or the newest teachers.

Linking pay to student success doesn't examine the student. Students from drug homes, poverty, broken families are less inclined toward education. It is hard to explain the vagaries of prepositions to a student who is worried about whether or not dad is going to survive the gunshot wound.

All the wonderful, caring, exhausted teachers with whom I work are there for the kids, not the money, and are barely making ends meet. Those of us who are young enough have two jobs; the rest of us do without.

Teaching is one of the rare jobs where money is not the main motivator. And if a district wants to play hell with moving teachers around against their will, many of us will vote on the race to the top with our feet.

Whew !! that was longer than I meant it to be. Good luck to all of us in the next years until education reform comes back to its senses.

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