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Leaders blast Youngstown school board for lack of academic progress



Published: Fri, January 31, 2014 @ 11:17 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Board of Education must act with a sense of urgency to improve the academic performance of its students, speakers told the board at a Friday evening meeting.

Jimma McWilson of Youngstown, co-founder of the Family Empowerment Student Achievement Institute, asked the board to devote an hour at its meetings to discussion of academic issues, with a major focus on improving the education of black students.

In terms of academic standards, the board must ask itself: “How are we going to get to excellence, or at least to a B?,” McWilson said.

“We would like to see academic policies and smart goals that would be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely,” McWilson told the board.

Wally Salahuddin of Youngstown, director of the United Front for Educational Justice, blasted the board for “not solving academic policy issues facing this district.”

Any academic improvement plan that doesn’t include parents “is another plan for failure,” he said.

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1DwightK(1250 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Youngstown parents also need to step up.

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2UticaShale(853 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

"Throw more money at the problem, that would fix it!" "Build them all new schools, that would solve it!"

The answer is so simple but will never be addressed. Work camps and foster homes. What has writing them a check, paying for their heat, electric, transportation, medical, housing and cell phones done for them as you say you really care about their equality? You show it by moving out so you will not have to see them.

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3ohioption(48 comments)posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago

There isn't much opportunity looking south to enroll in Poland or Boardman or Canfield or Springfield school districts. All are closed to open enrollment. So if students want to enroll outside Youngstown they need to enroll in Austintown or any Trumbull County school district other than Champion Newton Falls, Southington, or Joseph Badger which are not adjacent to Youngstown. So why do you blame BOE in Youngstown. The state needs to step in and allow open enrollment to all.

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4Education_Voter(851 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

You can also enroll in Struthers, Lowellville, Columbiana, and go free to Ursuline, Mooney or Youngstown Christian.

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5Education_Voter(851 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The school district, each individual school within it, down to each classroom all have detailed academic plans which are checked and updated regularly.
This is required by the state Academic Commission which meets in a different school about every six weeks starting during the school day and extending into the evening. Parents are invited to these meetings and do not attend.
The news story here needs to be questioned. I admire the quoted board member for her poise in not asking, "What the heck are you all talking about? We have these systems in place now. We bribe parents to attend meetings by, among other things, offering full meals, dress down days for their children, etc. And yet still get low attendance."

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