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I think this smells fishy and I think that Kitchen should have abstained from voting.
May 21, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
This is the biggest bunch of BS I have read in sometime. How come there is no mention of the fact that Kasich is giving his staff significant wage increases. Further more, what they already earn is significantly more than almost every state worker....and he says the reason that he has to do this is to retain talent. Give me a break! http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/1...
February 27, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
I don't know how they are going to reduce the number of special education students and simultaneously raise their success ratio for students overall. First of all, the criteria for receiving special education services in the city of Youngstown is already more stringent than that in some place like Poland. In other words if you can't meet the criteria in Youngstown for services you can move to Poland and be provided with services. It does not take a rocket scientist to surmise the reason for this, and it has far more to do with poverty and parents than it does with school systems. There are currently plenty of students in Youngstown that should and would qualify for services in suburban schools but are in the regular classroom in Youngstown now. Perhaps that in itself is the problem folks. In addition, by putting even more special eduation students into the regular classroom the system is setting these students up for failure thereby impacting the district's success rates. More students will be disruptive and more students will drop out and once again teachers will be stressed even more as they are required to not only teach their subject matter but also be skilled as special education teachers. Why doesn't the ODE look at the unintended consequences of their plan. I think perhaps someone should take a close look at the ODE.
July 28, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.
First of all this teacher was likely on a year to year, limited contract, and believed that his contract was not renewed, so he did what anyone else would do which is go get a job elsewhere. It is a shame that this man has had his name defamed in the paper. He probably has no knowledge that he has done anything wrong.
November 19, 2009 at 9:23 a.m.
The problem isn't necessarily the schools. The problem is that those students who have parents that value education are opting out of the system because of the unruliness of the other students. The best teachers and administrators in the world would not be able to teach the majority of students remaining in the schools. Those students who want to learn go elsewhere where they can do so without dealing with the behavior problems of their classmates. This is particularily true for the high schools. This is not to say that all of the students attending the public school are behavior problems. I don't like to speak in rash generalizations, however there are too many, and it impacts the ability of the teachers to teach. I think that it is time that we address this fact instead of blaming the system and the teachers. The Youngstown teachers that I have met tend to be top notch, highly qualified teachers. To approach the problems in our schools from the narrow perspective of blaming teachers is downright stupid. To do so indicates our inability and adversion to dealing with complex problems and issues. If we really want to improve education in this country for everyone, we must overcome this adversion I would not want a teacher's job for any amount of money in the world. Instead of blaming them, we should be thanking them.
September 18, 2009 at 11:01 a.m.
Excuse me but the fact of the matter is that the responsibility for making those things happen (plowing the roads , safety etc) is with the same folks that will now be able to live outside the city. If the job isn't being done by the city workers now what makes you think the job will be done better once they move out of the city limits. Your logic is flawed.
September 17, 2009 at 10:17 a.m.
I will miss Anthony a great deal. He has been a tremendous force in moving the 2010 plan forward. I hope that the city fills his position with someone as highly qualified as he so that the progress will continue. I also hope that they do this soon. I recognize the financial problems that the city has but they must fill this position.
March 19, 2009 at 10:27 a.m.
It would seem logical that when the victim reported the van and the SSN of who he thought was driving it that the YPD would respond to him and tell him that the SSN does not exist. It would seem that at that time the car would be deemed a stolen vehicle. Simple honest communication between those in positions of authority and the public would often save misunderstandings and problems such as this. People who are in positions of authority need to actually "listen" to what is being said to them instead of assuming that the average person on the street doesn't know anything. I understand this man's problem as I too had a car stolen and ultimately I had to find the car myself, which is dangerous to say the least, but often the only recourse.
March 14, 2009 at 10:20 a.m.
I believe that the money should be used to update the station itself. They also need to make some basic improvements that would cost little - for example making certain that bus schedules are readily available and that the change machine works. They should also invest in at least a couple of hybrid buses. I understand the shovel ready nature of the stimulus funds awarded, however, the money that they would have spent from their own budget for repairs on the administrative offices should be spent to improve the station.
March 14, 2009 at 10:04 a.m.
Use the space for the department of religion and philosophy or as a building where student and community organizations could maintain office space.
February 28, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.