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State of Youngstown city schools mulled

Published: Tue, August 27, 2013 @ 8:22 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Less than a week after the Ohio Department of Education released state report cards showing the city school district earning five F’s, two D’s and two C’s, Superintendent Connie Hathorn said he now has to talk to the state superintendent weekly.

“We’ve got to do bette,r and we can do better,” Hathorn said at a school board meeting this afternoon.

Teachers filled the meeting room, wearing YEA [Youngstown Education Association] United T-shirts, in a move of solidarity as they’re in contract negotiations.

“We have to do better as a team — I have to do better and you have to do better,” Hathorn said.

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1kurtw(1829 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

All the talk about "saving" Youngstown schools- none of it can work because all these solutions are "top" down, what is needed is to address the core root of the problem- the quality of the families producing the students the school system has to deal with.

The Illegitimacy rate in the Black Community is now 70 per cent and rising- until those numbers are reversed "top" down solutions can't possibly work.

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2Cubbies(37 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I remember Connie addressing a teachers workshop last summer where he told a ballroom full of teachers if they couldn't improve student achievement and get the job done they would be shown the door. When is Connie going to be shown the door?

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3NoBS(2845 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The teachers aren't the problem - they don't set the curriculum, and they don't dictate policy. They don't get to make changes, they just do what they're told to do.

Start with the school board. The running of the schools is their responsibility. This school board has been so arrogant as to argue with the state oversight committee while the state was threatening to remove the entire board from power. I think that's what should have happened, personally.

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4walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

No BS,
I have to agree with you on this. 20 W. Wood St. needs cleaned out as the system is too top-heavy. The state should take over the system, hire a boatload of truancy-type officials and get into the homes of the students that are underperforming. The problem is the child that is being sent to the schools with no support system. If the parents can't do it, then it will be up to the system to do it. The time for talking and planning has long since passed; tough action needs to be taken. No more excuses.

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5kurtw(1829 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Walt, you make a good suggestion, where you say, in essence, the state should intervene and "get into the homes of the students that are under-performing".

I agree completely. Newt Gingrich made a similar suggestion about 20 years ago (for which he was pilloried by the Liberal Media) when he said that, rather than subsidizing single women raising children they were ill-equipped to raise, it might be more sensible to set up orphanages instead.

I think the proposal has merit- although I know there isn't a ghosts chance of it getting through because of Political Correctness. My view is that a well run orphanage might give ADC children a better future than the one they have now- which, statistics show, is a pretty grim one.

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