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CEO could take away Youngstown school board’s authority

Photoman: A school board is the currently accepted way for local communities to provide oversight and communication to employees running the local schools, and using their tax dollars. This CEO was put in place without any local vote or consent.
If you read SB 70, you will see that it is a contradictory document. The original text of the law calls for more community involvement, not less. Then this so-called, "Youngstown Amendment" opened the door to the exact opposite of that intent.

August 2, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. suggest removal

High E. Coli levels found near Mill Creek’s origin

In several stories, the Vindicator has stated that e coli are found in the feces of mammals, as if that is the only place the bacteria are found. That is incorrect.
Nearly every mammal and bird (yes, Canada Geese) carries E. coli. And, there are many different “flavors” of E. coli. Some can colonize birds, some can colonize humans, some can colonize pigs, some can colonize cattle, and some can colonize all of these animals.
Remember, these are generic counts of E. coli cells in the water. The actual source of these E. coli are unknown. In fact, they likely originate from a multitude of possible sources, including human waste, bird droppings, agricultural run-off, or even naturally occurring E. coli present in the soil.

August 2, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. suggest removal

New city schools commission to be appointed in October

$60,000. for 4 months? The Ohio Department of Education (Kasich) uses our schools as grandpa's treat pocket. Get some money, consultants, dozens of them. Observers, commission members, consultants, consultants, consultants.
Why have two commissions? Two stipend streams.

July 28, 2015 at 2:49 p.m. suggest removal

Kasich needs to go big

kurtw is completely correct about Medicare. At least my 80-something mother recognizes that my Dad could never have contributed anything close (even with interest) to the amounts that Medicare has spent toward their medical costs.

Young people pay for old people to have medical care. That's okay, except that young people themselves can't get the care they are paying for others.

July 25, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight

I see now. You do not know the provisions of the bill you are supporting.

What you mistake for "excuses" are the solutions offered by HB 70, as amended.

My point is that they are nothing new or radical. Apparently, even you admit that, since you took them for "excuses".

July 19, 2015 at 8:19 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight

republican Rick:
1. What excuses?
2. Public school is not MY way. It is the American Way.
3. I am neither poor nor uneducated. There are thousands of middle class residents here.
And this is not an attack on they City of Youngstown. It is an attack on public schools.
Why would you mention an attack on the city? It's one thing to be uninformed, another to be ignorant AND arrogant.

July 19, 2015 at 8:16 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight


Could you possibly answer my question...How is failure of the school district defined in this year when the state test was a failure?

There is nothing "new" in the 66 page Amendment added to the 11 page HB 70, the evening before the vote. The Representatives were not given a text of the Amendment until that day, did not have time to read it, but voted as the Administration ordered.

In Youngstown, we have had an all powerful Academic Commission for 5 years. They chose the superintendent (against the Board of Elections will) and gutted the teachers contract of bargained rights. The teachers had no voice.

Cleveland has had a CEO, although importantly, the citizens were given the chance to vote to accept that plan. At any rate, the CEO has not been shown to make a difference.

We have charter schools on every corner. We have more charter schools than frozen yogurt storefronts, which is a darn shame.

How about real change, like reconfiguring the area districts, to make fewer and more diverse school districts?

How about involving the neighborhoods like the original sponsors of HB 70 intended? Instead, this bipartisan bill was turned upside down.

July 19, 2015 at 6:18 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight

A sincere question, not rhetorical:

While reading HB 70, I noticed that it also says that in regard to Ohio public school districts, the results of the state test given in 2014 - 2015 were NOT to be used for any purpose, not to rate school districts, not to be reported to media, not to be used as evidence to retain any students.

This was because of flaws in the test, PARCC.

So what was the measure of the success of Youngstown public schools in comparison to other schools?

July 19, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown Plan is law; time to give up the fight

It is pure arrogance on your part to assume that the people of Youngstown do not understand what has happened.
If you read the testimony of the cabal that Tom Humphries put together, you will notice they are written in the same style, with the same central ideas. No doubt written on a template, or edited by the same Ohio Department of Education bureaucrats who called the sponsors of the original HB 70 and told them that the next day the bill would be deformed to meet ALEC goals.
In Youngstown's neighborhoods, you will never run into members of the cabal that supposedly represented us. Here they are:
Jim Tressel from Cleveland area, has a Youngstown mansion as a perk of his job at YSU.

Bishop George Murry, from the east cooast, moved to Ytown in 2007, has a Youngstown mansion as a perk of his job at the Diocese.

Connie Hathorne, grew up in Arkansas. Never moved to Youngstown. Lived in Akron during short tenure as superintendent of Youngstown City Schools

Nick Santucci, from Howland
Tom Humphries from Liberty.
Herb Washington, from Michigan. Owns McDonald's franchises in Youngstown. Lives in suburb, Boardman, OH
Laura Meeks moved to Steubenville about 15 years ago to be president of Eastern Gateway Community College...from Minnesota, she also lived in other states like Kansas.

Judge Robert A. Douglas may actually live in Youngstown. He had his job on the bench as an appointee of Republican Governor, George Voinivich.

Are there more? Who?

July 19, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. suggest removal

Leaders oppose schools plan

The problem with democracy is ....democracy, huh, Drone?

July 18, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. suggest removal



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