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Youngstown BOE members suggest plans to remedy behavior problems in high schools

Published: Tue, March 25, 2014 @ 10:37 p.m.


City school board members are concerned about behavior and discipline problems at two schools and have initiated solutions to address them.

Board member Jerome Williams expressed concerns about East High School, while board members Jacqueline Adair and Marcia Haire-Ellis voiced concerns about Programs of Progress at Wilson, an alternative school.

Wilson, where many students have social, emotional and behavioral issues, sees a high number of suspensions.

The district has tried different approaches for the students the last few years.

“We keep putting on a Band-Aid, but we’re not looking at the systematic problem,” Haire-Ellis said. “We need experts to come in and look at it and see what the problem is and see if it can be corrected.”

Adair said she planned to meet today with a social work professor at Youngstown State University to see what can be done.

Board President Richard Atkinson said that’s up to the superintendent.

“You’re getting into the responsibilities of running the schools,” he said.

Read more about the discussion in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 6 months ago

While Macia Haire-Ellis wants to look at the "systematic"problems with the schools, I believe it would be better to look at the systemic problems with y-town city schools. The problem is the teachers have to work with kids from nonexistent or abhorrent family structures. But, keep having kids without providing a stable, two parent family structure and the problems will continue. As Congressman Paul Ryan stated, it is a problem with the culture and it must change; however, he was branded a racist! Whether by chains or by check, slavery is still slavery.

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2NBees(44 comments)posted 6 months ago

Suspensions are rewards for bad behavior when students do not value their education enough to actually want to attend school. Problem is, how do you make anyone want anything? Show them the alternative? Work therapy, manual labor? Without an education, these kids will be stuck in low wage dead end jobs, if they are lucky enough to even get a job.

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3L0L(660 comments)posted 6 months ago

“We need experts to come in and look at it and see what the problem is and see if it can be corrected.”

You're obviously an idiot then. Its because these kids are babied these days. I agree with "Pyroc". Kids need beat today plain and simple. The soft approach obviously does not work. "Walter" also makes a valid point. It starts at home. How do you expect the teachers to raise a kid or 1. doesn't know any better and 2. doesn't care because neither of those values have been instilled in the kid.

My do responds well to a shiock collar. Maybe give that a try.

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4DwightK(1256 comments)posted 6 months ago

The parents of Youngstown need to step up and do a better job. Kids who are taught respect and hard work at home don't give teachers these kinds of problems. The school can't be a parent for you.

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