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Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight

Plain Dealer says it is "obvious" in meeting notes that Richard Ross of the Ohio Department of Education had his staff create the "Youngstown Plan".
They had to tell the supposed authors, Tom Humphries' little gang, the contents using a power point slide show.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index....

August 27, 2015 at 9:10 a.m. suggest removal

Canton Chamber has 'no idea' what Kimble's talking about on plan opposition

I think she meant to say the Canton Board of Education.

August 26, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. suggest removal

BREAKING NEWS | Youngstown city schools, unions plan to file suit to stop Youngstown plan

Y-town Parent said, "No official is going to include those who disagree with their legislation in writing the bill."

Yet, this exact bill had been in hearings for FOUR YEARS in the legislature and had bi-partisan sponsors BEFORE the Ohio Department of Education wrote this amendment without involving the original bill's sponsors, Democrat or Republican.
The amendment was slipped in the day before the final vote.

August 22, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. suggest removal

Activists considering lawsuit against Youngstown Plan

You are right Uptown Girl. This law is not about Youngstown Schools. This is a law that is directed at all schools. It does not specify "Youngstown". Lorain Schools are already in the grip of this travesty of a law, and every other school district in Ohio is in danger of losing parental and local voice in their own schools. (Well, they won't be "their own schools" anymore. They will belong to a company who doesn't need to answer to anyone.)

August 21, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. suggest removal

BREAKING NEWS | Youngstown city schools, unions plan to file suit to stop Youngstown plan

From their news release:
"Reasonable minds may disagree on the steps necessary to improve education in Youngstown City Schools and in every district across the state. However, when vitally altered bills are secretly drafted and made law over the course of a single day, the students, parents, employees, and taxpayers of Ohio are not well served. - See more at: http://www.ycsd.org/protected/Article...
It looks like they did their homework.

August 21, 2015 at 10:16 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan violates Sunshine Law, lawmakers say

Richard Ross and 5 other ODE officials, with a rep. from the Governor's Office used a cover that they were in Youngstown on May 20th/21st to see a YSU project pairing their students with city second graders to help them pass the state tests. I thought this was kind of weird because YSU was already out for the semester. It seemed like a bad time to see the project.

How about this?
“Since I came here, the state folks wanted to talk about how they could help raise the level of excellence,” [Tressel] said.

The first thing to come out of those meetings was Project PASS, Tressel said.

Project PASS – Penguin Assistants for Student Success – is a program that matches YSU students with city school second-graders for tutoring. The aim is to increase the number of students who pass the third-grade reading tests.

YSU got a $450,000 Ohio Department of Education grant for the program. Each YSU student involved receives money if the student he or she tutors passes the test or shows improvement."
http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/26...
And I used to tutor for free!

August 13, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan violates Sunshine Law, lawmakers say

Y'town Parent: Here is what the website of the Ohio Department of Education describes as their scope (note: ADMINISTER, not CREATE)

Administering the school funding system,
Collecting school fiscal and performance data,
Developing academic standards and model curricula,
Administering the state achievement tests,
Issuing district and school report cards,
Administering Ohio’s voucher programs,
Providing professional development, and
Licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel.

It also says they are governed by the State Board of Education, who were blindsided by this activity.

August 13, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan violates Sunshine Law, lawmakers say

Y'town Parent asks: What is the executive order or legislation that formed the body, funded it & defined its scope?

They are the "Ohio Department of Education". The local people are just pawns. If your read the minutes you will see that the ODE people basically told them to clam up.

I highly doubt that the definition of the mission and scope of the Ohio Department of Education is to "write legislation." They did this while they were on the clock, supposedly administering the existing laws for ALL the people of the state of Ohio, not the special interests represented by the Chamber of Commerce and parochial schools.

August 13, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan violates Sunshine Law, lawmakers say

Westsider,
Is this too hard to read?
"Most grades show an upward trend in reading passing rates."

"The district’s reading passing rates at grades 4, 5 and 6 were greater than similar districts..." (Remember, the test is only given from grade 3 to grade 8).

This committee of the ODE blindsided their own guys -- the Academic Commission. There was no data showing a backward slide.

The only reason for ODE not to wait for newer test scores is that their puppet masters (charter school owners) were getting impatient to take over a district.

This is not to help the kids. This is to help William Lager, ECOT owner. He is living on taxpayer money, just like any school superintendent...except that he personally gets about $4,000,000. a year. That's MILLION.

August 13, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan violates Sunshine Law, lawmakers say

Found the July 2015 report of the ODE's Academic Commission in Youngstown. They have to use last year's scores due to lack of scores for current year....but where are there any signs that the wheels have fallen off the ODE's improvement plan?
Some quotes:
"The district’s reading passing rates at grades 4, 5 and 6 were greater than similar districts, but all grades still remain lower than the state (see Figure 7 in Appendix B).
Most grades show an upward trend in reading passing rates. Grades 6 and 7 increased by approximately 17 and 10 percentage points respectively from 2013 -2014, resulting in the highest passing rates for those grades in four years (see Figure 8 in Appendix B)

The district was able to make at least one year of growth in reading in 2014 for grades 4, 5, 6 and 8, but it continues to struggle in grade 7. However, the grade 4 reading three-year average remains green [more than one year's growth].

Only the math passing rate in grade 5 exceeded that of similar districts (see Figure 10). In addition, passing rates for all grade levels in math were lower than the state. However, math passing rates for grades 5, 6,7, 8 and 10 show an upward trend (see Figure 11 in Appendix B).

Value Added: All but grade 6 made one year’s growth for the three-year average.

A.Youngstown’s Performance Index score for 2013-2014 was 77.7. As seen in Figure 13, Appendix B, the
Performance Index trend has risen steadily over the past four years. B.The sum of points received for accelerated and proficient test scores continues to increase...."

http://education.ohio.gov/getattachme...

August 13, 2015 at 12:25 p.m. suggest removal

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