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More than 600 student teachers at Youngstown State University are placed in nearly three dozen school districts throughout the region and deliver an economic impact of close to $4 million a year, a new study says.

The analysis by the State University Education Deans shows that, during the 2016-17 academic year, 153 YSU teacher candidates completed student teaching assignments in local school districts.

Using school district median salaries, SUED calculated that YSU future teachers were responsible for an economic impact totaling $3.954 million for 2016-17.

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Primary goal met


In the first year since establishment of the ninth-grade academies at East and Chaney high schools, administrators, teachers and students met a primary goal.

An overwhelming majority of those ninth-graders – 93 percent at East and 94 percent at Chaney – earned all of the required core credits during their freshman year, 2017-18.

That compares to 61 percent at East and 87 percent at Chaney for the 2016-17 school year. The 2017-18 school year is the first year for the ninth-grade academies at the two high schools.

The freshman academies provide students with goal setting, career exploration, specialized supports, guidance and instruction focused on individual growth and success.

Prison sentence


John L. Figueroa II, 37, of Girard, was was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday after being found guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court of two counts of cocaine trafficking. Figueroa could have gotten up to a year in prison on each count.

Figueroa was indicted on four counts of cocaine trafficking, but Judge Andrew Logan dismissed two of the counts for lack of evidence before giving the case to the jury. The charges were filed after a confidential informant bought crack cocaine from Figueroa in August and October 2016.

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