Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge a helping hand when one is needed and certainly I am willing to help those in the community in times of need, but enough is enough. The districts that are receiving these grants already receive a disproportionate amount of school state funding. Check your “wealthy” districts, the ones that receive less than 20% funding from the state. They have nothing of the kind for their students. The biggest lie in all of this is straight from the President and his initiative, “Through this program, Apple is joining President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, which was designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America.” Every student in America my a$$! How many school levies are on the ballot next month? Too many. But the reality is many of those districts have to continue to ask their local residents for more because the state over funds urban districts and all the while the poor districts continue to receive these wonderful “grants.” Wonder how many of the districts with levies on the ballot have devices for all their high school students and such that Chaney received? We keep throwing good money after bad in an attempt to create a level playing field and provide opportunities to those less fortunate and it’s not working. In one way or another some of that grant money is your money as well as various amounts of tax money that never come back to your local district and in the end your kid will be the one disadvantaged. Wake up and actually demand equal funding and equal opportunity in our schools because it isn’t happening and not the way you think. Congrats to Chaney. You can blame them for taking what's given to them, but seriously enough already.
October 27, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
It’s always about money. On a side note it speaks volumes about our social and moral fiber that everyone is appalled at what he said but not appalled at the fact that he spoke the words to his mistress/lover. That should be equally as offensive to us, but it isn’t. I know men have taken mistresses since the beginning of time. It doesn’t make it right.
June 11, 2014 at 6:14 p.m.
Schools are only a portion of the percentage in the equation when it comes to success. Families play a large roll in the overall achievement of students. You can bus every kid in the city to the suburbs. That will not guarantee success. Truly when you speak of "educational tools" the reality is urban schools have far more resources than their suburban counterparts. It's not popular to say but it is the truth. Why is there an achievement gap? Time to look beyond schools. The answer isn't there.
May 18, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.
The unfortunate reality is this is how school funding works in general. “Wealthier” districts are given far less of the total school funding dollars. Very little of any tax money wealthy districts send to the state comes back to them. They are expected to locally fund every aspect of their community’s schools and this includes building ventures as well. Certainly I understand that less fortunate districts will require more assistance and am happy to help to a point. The real numbers are truly disturbing if you live in one of the so called wealthy districts. The state expects you to foot the bill at a local level for about 80% if not more of educational costs. The unfortunate truth is the fine people of Boardman have built plenty of new buildings over the years. They just built them for the students in Youngstown, Struthers, Austintown, Hubbard…the list goes on. Canfield and Poland are is similar spots. They’ll never have enough money to replace aging buildings with local funds and the state says they should. Look around. Both of those so called wealthy districts have one or more buildings well over 100 years old and no prospects for ever replacing them. Until people wake up and insist on equal funding that equally follows a student it will always be this way and you’ll always be asked to pass additional levies.
May 16, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.
Fantastic! Let's turn our schools over to private for profit businesses too. Oh wait...
March 8, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.
I'll second that!
January 23, 2013 at 9:23 p.m.
Ask your lawyer why there was no school.
January 23, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.
It would be nice if someone would explain that the $5700 is taken from the home district regardless of what the state gives a home district in revenue. Therefore if your home district receives $2500 from the state and a student leaves your district for an open enrollment district or charter school they still take $5700 from your district. That makes sense right? If money really followed a student EVERY student should get $5700 from the start.
January 22, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
Many students arrive at college and are in need of remediation because they shouldn't be in college in the first place. Just because students aren't prepared for college doesn't mean schools are failing our students or that we need more tests and different standards. Somewhere along the line we lost sight of the fact that college isn't for everyone. Bring back our manufactoring and quit selling higher education to everyone. Remember they're trying to make a buck too, so the more students they have the more money they make even if it takes 2 or 3 semesters to realize the kid isn't college material. Follow the money. There's money in testing and changing curriculum requires new materials. All of which makes somebody rich. Just like selling people on the notion that everyone needs to go to college.
January 19, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
I'm not sure you really get it. No one is doing anything illegal or breeching any part of their contract. They are doing exactly what they have been hired to do. They are fulfilling their contracts and doing exactly what it calls for them to do - no more but also no less. You act as though taking a stand and trying to demand action from the administration is a crime. Maybe some of you may actually begin to realize how much our teachers do everyday above and beyond what is actually required of them. The old saying never judge a man until you walk in his shoes exist for a reason. Just because you went to school or have children that attend school does not make you an expert in the work our dedicated teachers do ALL year.
January 15, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.