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SNOW STORM: Stay off of the roads || VIDEO, GALLERY

I was out digging tunnels for my dog at 4:00 am. He stands about 16 inches high at the shoulders, but disappears if he jumps into the snow. The shoveling started when I had to go out to rescue him.
He came in twice Friday night so covered with stubborn snowballs that I put him in the shower stall and sprayed him to melt them, then dried him with my hairdryer.
I have at least 21 inches in Boardman.

February 6, 2010 at 7:20 p.m. suggest removal

Some teachers unions scoff at federal grants to boost school funds

I'll send you a personal message. I have a contract I'd like you to sign. It doesn't say what you will have to pay, or what the benefits will be.
I see you believe in signing this sort of contract by your comments above. So just trust me.

Take comfort, readers, that your teachers do not take such foolish actions, even if some administrators will. Kind of suggests why Youngstown City is in the financial state they are in, huh?

January 17, 2010 at 11:41 a.m. suggest removal

‘This is a sobering time’ for city schools, state says

Let me be clearer. D. Delislie, the Superintendent of Ohio schools understands well the lack of coherent leadership from the central office of Youngstown City Schools.

She also knows that the money offered by the grant is no where near the amount needed to take Youngstown City Schools out of fiscal emergency. It may be enough to pay for the mileage of the members of the Academic Commission, depending on whether she picks members from nearby or far away.

Her concern with the Race to the Top grant is whether Ohio will be one of the few favored "winners" of the grant for the sake of her own office expenses, because that is where the bulk of the money will go. Whether it is good for the districts or not, she wants them all to act as if they are on board with the application, in order to impress the federal Department of Education and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education.

The grant application contained "assurances" that districts must address, which continue to judge the whole education of a child on the basis of a single standardized test given once a year. I do not know of any experienced educator at any level who agrees that this is a good thing.

My hat is off to districts and unions who held to their beliefs in the face of pressure from the Ohio Department of Education and the Governor to throw their convictions out the door because a sum of money is offered. There's a name for behavior like that and it isn't pretty.

January 13, 2010 at 5:35 p.m. suggest removal

‘This is a sobering time’ for city schools, state says

Deborah Delisle now reveals herself as just another liar. The Ohio Department of Education couldn't even get a half of the states school districts to sign onto the Race to the Top grant. Why?

The federal government is asking states to sign on to work on a plan that is not yet devised, for an amount of money they cannot specify. On about April 28th, a district is supposed to find out how much money it will receive, as little as $0. Then the district is supposed to go into a summer of planning.

Would the Youngstown district at that time throw out the new Commission plan? Or will the Commission throw out the new Ohio Improvement Plan that the state just coerced the district to form?

By the way, if the state receives the maximum federal grant, $400 million, $200 million will stay in Delisle's Department of Education in Columbus. The $200 million for districts will be doled out over 4 years, so make that $50 million in a year. Then realize that Columbus and Cincinnati have signed on, and that the grants will be divided proportionally. 250 districts signed on. That would be $200 thousand is it were divided equally, which it won't be. The annual budget for Columbus schools has to be huge. They will get millions, leaving little for small districts.

A lot of plan-writing, just to avoid looking at the reality of what the state has created here by drawing away the middle class students into its other options.

A teacher can help your child reach his greatest potential, but she doesn't have a wand to transform your child into someone else.

January 13, 2010 at 6:15 a.m. suggest removal

Hiring lists will be used for last time

Here's a wild concept for you, Lifes2Short:
I don't need a map or a GPS because I already know my way around the city I live in.

This ambulance drivers etc. who can't find their way to a street waste precious time.

A firefighter doesn't have to be good at paper and pencil knowledge. He needs to get to a location, first of all, fast, secondly, be strong and sensible, third.
A guy from Amish country who is good at taking a test doesn't impress me. Do I know he wouldn't move to the city? Well, he could have moved here first, and paid the taxes for the current firefighters.

January 6, 2010 at 12:21 p.m. suggest removal

Would Obama approve paying for abortions with tax money?

Are we paying for weapons of mass destruction with tax money?
Are we paying for executions with tax money?
Are we paying for weight loss procedures with tax money?
Are we paying for drug rehab with tax money?
Is tax money at the same time being used to supply addicts with prescription drugs and methadone?
If abortion is made illegal someday, what will anti-abortion activists compare every issue to?

January 5, 2010 at 10:09 p.m. suggest removal

Hiring lists will be used for last time

So, employers are not allowed any discretion? This guy from, where?, Newberry in Geauga County, should get a job from Youngstown taxpayers. And then undoubtedly, refuse to live in the city!
Part of the test should ask who knows the fastest way to get to a given city street. What's this guy going to use? GPS?
Give me a break.
If you are going totally on test scores, let's remove those extra points for veterans while we're at it.

January 5, 2010 at 10 p.m. suggest removal

Driver suspended after student left on school bus

This is what happens when you outsource your busing from the school district drivers to a company.
By the way, think about it, my own child in kindergarten was 5 years old at this time of the year. His was the 1st stop on the bus route on the way to school, and last stop on the way home. At 3:15 p.m. the bus driver often picked him up asleep and carried him to his mother's arms.
He is now a fully functioning adult. But think about it. 5 years is not a lot of time spent on this earth. You do have to look after them.

January 5, 2010 at 12:31 p.m. suggest removal

Leaving public schools for charter schools?

Currently we insist that the right thing to do is offer a college prep program to EVERY student regardless of his learning ability, or the capability of his family to send him to college anyway.

We should change our whole mindset to first of all value WORKERS, and secondly, to value creative people. One famous professor from China says that his native country's weak spot is in producing students who can be creative. He says that very skill will be highly valued in the world, for innovation.

January 4, 2010 at 5:28 p.m. suggest removal

Leaving public schools for charter schools?

Sorry, my initial comment about treading water was directed to the student of wayoutthere, not Dr. Hoover.

January 4, 2010 at 8:44 a.m. suggest removal