Hold up boys...You want us to flood the Board of Education meetings and demand our taxpayer rights?? You mean the taxpayer rights that will be removed by the CEO when he is appointed by this shady "commission"? How does it benefit us to rise up in favor of losing our rights, and in fact the handing over of our schools to private commercial interests who happen to be close to the Governor?
February 1, 2016 at 3:57 p.m.
Youngstown's evaluation was similar to other districts, in both early literacy and graduation rate.
Yet Youngstown (and soon Lorain) have been targeted for an experiment--the removal of democratic processes from citizens in favor of an education czar.
In the midst of uncertainty about the reliability of Ohio's standardized testing program, the legislature has declared that the test results are not to be used for any purpose inside districts, or between districts for state sanctions... EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF YOUNGSTOWN. So with scores that are unexceptional, the state is taking exceptional measures against the district.
Yet the Vindicator wonders why observers are skeptical of a Republican state takeover that allows the schools to be given to private charter school companies (that happen to be major Republican contributors.)
The whole affair stinks of the kind of state mismanagement that led to the water tragedy in Flint, Michigan, where another conservative Republican governor initiated a state takeover of another town hard-hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs.
January 24, 2016 at 12:36 p.m.
Awkward. The literacy scores were also good last year, as Governor Kasich's State Board of Education planned their takeover.
So ask yourself...what is the real reason to have local schools taken over by charter companies?
January 16, 2016 at 9:39 a.m.
DeWine is a liar and cheat. That is the main reason I suspect that the Oakhill case is pure B S.
December 12, 2015 at 8:54 a.m.
"What the students need is someone to draw the line and pound home the message to students that they are the ones responsible for their behavior. It doesn't matter where they come from. It doesn't matter what their parents did or didn't do. It doesn't matter what teachers do or don't allow in the classroom. It doesn't matter how their peers behave. The only person who is responsible for the behavior, discipline and academic achievement of any student anywhere, is the student."
Great paragraph, YTown Parent.
Unfortunately, I don't think that the Commission or the Governor have learned this truth.
December 11, 2015 at 11:29 p.m.
Silence, your comments make sense for some neighborhoods, but in mine, the families are still on the block. The kids are in open enrollment outside of town.
No one wants to be the first one, or the only one to return to neighborhood schools.
December 11, 2015 at 11:18 p.m.
What about the main point here? Trump lied when he said he saw thousands of Muslims cheering.
December 6, 2015 at 6:13 p.m.
I don't know. The story had some unsettling points. Do the same volunteers eat the food every day? Do the volunteers take food home? Kind of makes you wonder when Second Harvest refuses to donate.
Why did the kitchen lose its 501(c)3 status? How can an organization of the Catholic Church not find SOMEONE capable of filling out the paperwork?
December 6, 2015 at 5:59 p.m.
Silence:Liberty Schools, Struthers Schools, and Austintown Schools have the kind of diversity that strengthens all students.
White Flight is when in 15 years, a school goes from 45% White/European to 0%White European. The school became 98% Black, 2% Hispanic. Then the school closed. Thanks Hubbard, Lowellville, Liberty, for only drawing out certain students. Loved when those schools replied to petitioning families that they were suddenly "full". Loved the way they required students to get a full copy of their permanent record and bring it to apply.
December 6, 2015 at 5:54 p.m.
Here's the thing about Academic standards (what kids must do and know at a grade level to pass the test).
It doesn't matter what the kid NEEDS to learn. (Like if he missed a lot of 3rd grade and never learned to tell time or subtract..Too bad! Those are not 4th grade standards.)
It doesn't matter what INTERESTS the kid has.
The Academic Standards on the state tests are not like the new McDonald's where you can get breakfast at any time.
They are like the old McDonald's where if you missed breakfast....too bad, we are on lunch now!
December 6, 2015 at 12:35 p.m.