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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.

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


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1walter_sobchak(1950 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week 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(48 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week 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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3DwightK(1292 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week 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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4billdog1(1590 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Some good insight. First of all parent accountability needs to be first and foremost. If a student displays none conforming behavior, the parent needs to be accountable by being brought into the school. A plan for change, establishing change, who is responsible for what part. Parent: make sure student attends school prepared everyday. Student: Attend prepared daily, while putting forth the effort for passing.

Nobody is asking these students to be scholars. They do need to realize that the world will not tolerate these behaviors upon leaving school. I have no problem with them leaving school if they want to work instead of taking away from those that want to learn. One disruptive child in the classroom becomes the focus of the classroom.

Many of these disruptive students are natural leaders. Many creative educators have found ways to bring that out positively in their classrooms and schools. As somebody said earlier, it is a culture of not valuing education. We have to show them that education is obtainable, and that they must work for it. As my grandfather used to say, "I am here to help you, not to do it for you. Life is hard, but quitting is not an option."

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5billdog1(1590 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

eivo, putting them in prison helps how? First, your conservative thinking wants to cut funding for schools and prisons. You would be putting these students in prisons on a mass scale across the nation. Second, this thinking creates even more poverty and children to the children you want to lock up. When they leave prison their primary agenda will be purely primary needs (See Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.) Yes these students do need to be held accountable, but the majority of their problems are created by their environment. That environment will never change until parents are held accountable.

If parents do not have a high school diploma, in order to receive public assistance they should have to attend classes and pass a GED test in certain amount of time. If they have a diploma they should have to work for the county in some capacity daily. If the child chooses to not get passing grades and not attend school assistance funds for this child should be cut. These ideas create accountability for the parent to be a parent. Under these circumstances most parents would find another alternative to public assistance. Then and only then do the parents have a choice to live the way they want.

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