16 of 70 Youngstown students could fail 1st grade

YOUNGSTOWN — Sixteen first-graders at Harding Elementary School risk not advancing to second grade, despite a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

The district followed the direction of an academic-recovery plan in hiring additional kindergarten and first-grade teachers to create that ratio in those grades.

Harding had 70 students enrolled in first grade in the school year that just ended.

Though Harding saw the highest number of first-graders in danger of being retained, it isn’t the only district elementary school to log double digits.

Of Taft’s 72 first-graders, 13 may not be promoted to second grade. At William Holmes McGuffey Elementary, 11 of 109 first-graders face the same possibility.

At Kirkmere, it’s six out of 46 first-graders; at Martin Luther King, six out of 104. At Paul C. Bunn, only one of the 60 first-graders at the school is in danger of not moving on to second grade, and at Williamson, the number is seven out of 61.

For the complete story, read Friday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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