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Leaders blast Youngstown school board for lack of academic progress

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


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(1266 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Youngstown parents also need to step up.

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 8 months, 3 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(49 comments)posted 8 months, 3 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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