Right Steivo, we always say 4 dead (Benghazi) is EXACTLY the same as 4,600 dead (Iraq), tens of thousands wounded.I think we might need some strong young men with all their limbs here at home someday in the future. Radical Islam is a growth industry in American prisons. Let's keep our soldiers here.
September 15, 2014 at 10:12 a.m.
ytownsteelman: The Board of Educations knows full and well the results of overspending. The Commission forces them to spend. You don't have to be a Harvard Education PhD to question paying for a copyrighted reading program, requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars in materials, and training from Ohio State main campus...that differs from the programs in other schools only in its famous name. More money was spent on another firm (Quaglia) to improve the atmosphere in schools, while firing a charismatic principal well known for his loyalty and caring nature. Instead the Commission backs administrators from out of town who regularly leave for various reasons. I suggest you attend a Commission meeting. They are held about monthly in one of the school buildings.
September 6, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.
The state legislature created a 2006 law (ORC 3302.10) that allows the State of Ohio to completely take over a local school system. (At any rate, they already have a good deal of control over what happens in schools.)So without changing the law, it seems that there is little that can be done. I agree that it is a farce not meant to "improve" the district. The judgment that a district needed improvement was based on the Ohio yearly test for schools. So in order to be deemed "effective", the test scores would have to rise. But the expensive measures the Academic Commission put into place do not focus on the tested skills.Also, from grades k-6, the Commission plan shifted to the reading program time formerly spent on science and social studies. Suggestions were made that children be encouraged to read more nonfiction, but that will not be as effective as a systematic program -- so if test gains are made in reading, those gains will likely be blunted by losses in social studies and science.These kinds of problems lead to the Board's accusations that the Commission and Superintendent WANT the district to fail.Meanwhile...in other controversies in the legislature, the tests on which all of this were based have been thrown out, and a new set of tests and standards brought in. So to "get out of jail" YCSD would have to perform a different set of tricks than the ones they are still held for.
September 6, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.
The state legislature created this law that allows the State of Ohio to completely take over a local school system. (At any rate, they already have a good deal of control over what happens in schools.)So without changing the law, it seems that there is little that can be done. I agree that it is a farce not meant to "improve" the district. The judgment that district needed improvement was based on the Ohio yearly test for schools. So in order to be deemed "effective", the test scores would have to rise. But the measures the Academic Commission put into place, specifically the huge expenditures for a firm to encourage positive school atmosphere (Quaglia) and a new reading program (copyrighted by another company), are not likely to raise scores. The reading program is very nice, with plenty of independent reading time and group work. It seems likely to encourage children to enjoy reading more and be more thoughtful about their reading -- but it is NOT a program meant to increase test scores and does not focus on skills needed to be able to pass tests. Nor would its goals be accomplished quickly. Also, from grades k-6, it shifted to the reading program time formerly spent on science and social studies. Suggestions were made that children be encouraged to read more nonfiction, but that will not be as effective as a systematic program -- so if test gains are made in reading, those gains will be blunted by losses in social studies and science. These kinds of problems lead to the Board's accusations that the Commission and Superintendent WANT the district to fail. (I think that is a simplification of the problems.)
September 6, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.
I think St. Charles made a good compromise here.But I feel sad that the American Catholic Church can not recognize that a modern day miracle is taking place here. In a kind of loaves-and-fishes outpouring of joy and love, the donations to the ALS Association have increased almost a hundred times from about 2 million annually to 100 million this year...and still going.The ALS Association funds research following several different courses, including gene research. When asked about the ALSA position on human embryonic stem cell research, Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the Association, noted in an e-mail to Religion News Service that the organization primarily funds adult stem cell research [stem cells from skin cells of adults]: “Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research,” she said. Of course, this is the same Church that also condemns women who use birth control.
August 30, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.
Why is Superintendent Ross afraid to tell the parents to step up? For example, be at school on the first day, instead of creating your own "first day" a week or a month later with an excuse like "We didn't have a chance to get new shoes yet."
August 29, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.
These comments are just ridiculous because the speaker, Superintendent Ross, is criticizing the schools that he HIMSELF IS IN CHARGE OF! What kind of CEO tells patrons that his organization is failng and that they should go to the competitor??!!ANSWER: a corrupt CEO who works for the competitor.This man is in charge of ALL Ohio schools, particularly in Youngstown and Lorain where the state removed local control.All the state has done so far is insist on outrageous spending paid out to consultants in Columbus.
August 29, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.
An embryo used in stem-cell research (and fertility treatments) is three to five days past conception. It consists of a few dozen cells that together are too small to be seen without a microscope. It has no consciousness, no self-awareness, no ability to feel love or pain. For a pregnancy to begin, the embryo must implant in the uterus, and if it does, not every embryo survives to the fetus stage.So your moral dilemma is: develop a line of stem cells from an embryo that will be thrown away by a fertility clinic...or turn your back on breathing, thinking, feeling people with degenerative diseases.
August 21, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
Individuals with ALS have been getting comfort and hope from the ice-bucket challenge. They have felt at least a spiritual healing from the support of the community of man. Otherwise, having ALS is like floating in a lifeboat, trying to survive, slowing dying, starving, but unable to reach help.
What would Jesus do? How do you think a Catholic with ALS feels about the Church's withdrawal from their pain? The leaders of the Catholic Church have their heads stuck in their encyclicals instead of their hands reaching out to the needy. http://time.com/#3149803/als-ice-buck...
August 21, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.
No, Mexico has universal healthcare, with a sliding scale for payment. http://insurance.lovetoknow.com/Mexic...
August 9, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.