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Activists complain of inaction by Youngstown school board



Published: Thu, April 4, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

A group of activists and city school parents, frustrated with what they see as a lack of response to its concerns from the school board, is launching its own action plan to improve the quality of education.

Members of the Campaign for African American Achievement, an umbrella organization that includes other groups, for the last few weeks have been asking the city school board to adopt the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, an executive order signed last July by President Barack Obama.

The order calls for efforts to increase the percentage of black children who enter kindergarten, expand educational opportunities for black students and decrease the “disproportionate number of referrals of African American children from general education to special education.”

So far, the school board hasn’t acted on the request, although the Youngstown Schools Academic Distress Commission last week included the executive order in the academic recovery plan update.

Richard Atkinson, school board president, declined to comment.

Jimma McWilson, the campaign’s founder, said at a news conference Wednesday at the East Side Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County that the city school district has earned either a D or an F on the state report card for the past 14 years.

“African American students have gotten an F all 14 years,” he said, referring to test data. “That is not only unacceptable, we need to focus on educational excellence.”

Black students comprise about 67 percent of the district’s enrollment. McWilson said the organizations want all children to succeed, but that can’t happen if 67 percent of city school students aren’t excelling.

Aaron Scott, a co-president of the Parent-Student Union, one of the groups in the campaign, is a 2008 city schools graduate. He said when he graduated, he didn’t even know that he was at a disadvantage.

“I wasn’t aware that I was at the bottom,” he said.

Scott, who plans to study at Youngstown State University this fall, said he’s working to help other young people in the city schools.

The Parent-Student Union plans to launch a grass-roots effort to educate parents about the problems in the school system, McWilson said.

He said campaign members also plan to go to Washington, D.C., next week to begin the process to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights with the U.S. Department of Education because they believe black students aren’t being provided quality education.


Comments

1polhack(111 comments)posted 1 year ago

Ad hoc groups like these rarely contribute more than confusion and dissension that detracts from the real issue. Students don't just "get an F" they earn it. While the fault can rest with the system, it can also, and more likely be, any of hundreds of reasons including the individual student. I expect this group is more interested in blaming someone or something for the poor performance of black students rather than accepting personal responsibility for failure that has its roots much closer to home. The school board is not responsible for proposing viable, family centered
solutions.

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2Knightcap(606 comments)posted 1 year ago

Black students should get extra points toward their grade point average. They get help when applying for a job, admission to college, police openings, etc. I think they even get help financially to go to a catholic high school around here. Instead of givining them an F, give them a C and pass them along.

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3hmm(175 comments)posted 1 year ago

So much for eliminating affirmative action .....

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4jg52fresh(7 comments)posted 1 year ago

Again, I think we are missing the real message. This group along with others are tired of the way the city schools are being handle. Majority of the students in Youngstown are African American, but that isn't why the school system is failing. It starts with family first. Parents need to be more active in their childrens lives and schooling. As for Knightcap, it seems that you have some personal issues with African Americans and Catholic schooling. What you fail to realize Knightcap is that most public school systems have open enrollment which allows the school system to receive additional funding. I believe your relating this to a sports thing which is another topic itself. I went to Ursuline, I'm African American and we paid for my educations and I was also an athlete. I have an college education and a MBA, and those weren't given to me, I earned them. Stop making racist comments and sterotyping. The greater issue is not black and white, but the future of the city schools.

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5turtlesoup(7 comments)posted 1 year ago

polhock the board is supposed to devise a plan outside of family solutions as they have no control over it. Knightcap I don't know what people you know of color that has been given a leg up for a job simply because of the color of their skin, as well as education, police careers or etc. Hmmm affirmative action is pretty much non existant now.
A plan has to be devised to better serve the children of Youngstown's school district. Talking is the beginning of it and then the talk will have to be put into action. I am a product of the city school system and faired well. I believe that can be achieved again.

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6Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 1 year ago

Campaign for African American Achievement.

Name says it all. How come this isn't considered racist?

....to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights with the U.S. Department of Education because they believe black students aren’t being provided quality education.""

Always have to file a complaint, protest, sue, blame the teachers, the schools, the material,etc. Why not look at the root of the problem. The Student! It amazes me that a lot of blacks succeed in school, move on to college and graduate, but the ones that don't want to learn, the groups have to blame society on the reasons they fail. Has nothing to do with black or white, but you would think otherwise with all these lame black organizations. Quit having babies when your still in High School, if both parents can't be held responsible for bringing a child into this world, then don't have sex with every guy out there. We as a society need to accept "responsibility for our actions", not the blame game.

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7CongressWatcher(146 comments)posted 1 year ago

I was going to ask if the group was going to ask for a federal grant to provide chastity belts to young women until they are married to a male who provides a legal income of any kind. Now that is a grant that would pay for itself in not time at all. It would also solve not only Ytown's school problems, but many other communities as well.

I personally am a fan of the metal ones that have steel blades on the sweet spot.

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8123goz(455 comments)posted 1 year ago

Turtle... "Knightcap I don't know what people you know of color that has been given a leg up for a job simply because of the color of their skin, as well as education, police careers or etc"

I'll tell you of some in the past 6 months.Y-town police took apps, 400 apps were taken for test to hire 5 people. Now, did they think they needed 400 apps to find 5 qualified people? I can't answer that. MINORITY, ex military, and urban residents were prioritized and given extra points, white guys don't bother. Ohio Patrol and Mahoning county sherriff taking apps now, quote from web page "****We are actively recruiting minority candidates for these positions.****"
This all was in the Vindy at one time or another.

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9Silence_Dogood(1214 comments)posted 1 year ago

"“African American students have gotten an F all 14 years,” he said, referring to test data. “That is not only unacceptable, we need to focus on educational excellence.”

Black students comprise about 67 percent of the district’s enrollment. McWilson said the organizations want all children to succeed, but that can’t happen if 67 percent of city school students aren’t excelling."

If I am reading this right they are saying that the 67 percent of the school population that is African American is failing but the 33 percent that would be White American or other must be passing. Well if they are going to the same schools,have the same teachers, and sit in the same class rooms then it would seem that the problem is not the school or the teacher but the students and by extension their parents that are not forcing their children to learn. A better approach would be to get after the parents and the kids and force then to be accountable for the grades that they receive.

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