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Governor says he wants to help fix city schools



Published: Mon, October 28, 2013 @ 7:12 p.m.

Governor says he wants to help fix city schools

Kasich says he wants to help fix city schools

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Gov. John Kasich says he wants to help fix the city schools, but the superintendent believes the district already has a plan for progress.

“I want to make an offer,” Kasich said Monday during a dedication ceremony for the Hickory Bend gathering system and processing plant in New Middletown. “We want to help to fix the Youngstown City Schools. If you bring us a plan and a program we will help you — just as we did in Cleveland with the mayor, the school board, union and city officials. We will help you to design a program and make things better.”

Superintendent Connie Hathorn said he hasn’t spoken to the governor.

“We have a plan in place here,” he said. “The ADC [academic distress commission] was appointed by the state superintendent. We’re going to keep moving forward implementing the plan we have.”

The Youngstown City Schools Academic Distress Commission was appointed in 2010 after the city school district failed to meet adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years on the state report card. The commission developed an academic recovery plan, which has been updated annually, to try to steer the district out of academic difficulty.

City officials in Cleveland and Columbus previously approached Kasich about those cities’ mayors being able to sponsor charter schools. Those required voter approval. When he signed the legislation last July, allowing Columbus’s mayor to sponsor charter schools, he said other districts could also ask legislators for change in their schools and mentioned Youngstown.

“Both in Cleveland and in Columbus, they tied this to a levy and Youngstown is nowhere near a levy,” said Adrienne O’Neill, chairwoman of the academic distress commission.

She said she hasn’t spoken to Kasich either.


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1Attis(879 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Wanna help Youngstown schools, Johnny? How about complying with the Ohio Supreme Court ruling declaring (repeatedly) that the system of funding public schools in Ohio violates the state constitution. Otherwise your "help" would be the kiss of death.

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2theotherside(333 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

The academic distress commission running the schools is appointed by the state superintendent who was appointed by Kasich. He's already "helping" the schools. The translation in Kasich's remarks is about charter school expansion and municipal oversight. Just like in Cleveland and Columbus, which in both cases show no better results than the public schools, and in many cases worse results. Since the academic commission is your responsibility Governor, why isn't there improvement already? They have been in charge for over two years now?

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