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YEA opposes charter school idea

It is not the Youngstown City teachers!! The cherry picked kids in Y-towns current charters are still failing.

AND the charters are getting more money per pupil, paying the teachers less and making a profit despite failing kids.

How's that for your tax dollars at work?

November 24, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. suggest removal

BOARDMAN | School levy

@rex - the State of Ohio allows two types of levies for schools: "permanent" and "emergency". Emergency levies are for a specified term, permanent are forever.

Educate yourself and support your schools instead of posting uninformed comments.

October 2, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. suggest removal

Poland sidewalk project complete — almost

Note how the Township is willing to split the cost, but the Village president is already saying "not if we don't have to". Just like with the school Resource Office, the Township is trying really hard to make it work for ALL of Poland, but the Village is not cooperating as much as they could.

August 15, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. suggest removal

Tour calls attention to mental-illness discrimination

NAMI is not a pharma front group.

Like most "illness" organizations, they do receive funding from pharma - but where else are they supposed to get it? MH funds are cut every year from State and Local governments. Treatment providers can barely make ends meet, and have no money left over to use for community training and advocacy.

August 12, 2014 at 9:19 a.m. suggest removal

Lowellville basketball court renovations on hold

So Lowellville cannot fund $7500 to help fix the courts by the school, but they want to put a court in a location where "someday" they would have the money to build a park?

Mr. DeFrank, if you are reading this, contact the Raymond Wean Foundation, the United Way, and other charitable organizations for the Mahoning Valley and see if they can help fund the $7500 with the BOE funding the other half. There is a beautiful school campus - and that is exactly where the BB courts should be!

And use the festival this weekend to get the word out!! Good luck!

July 16, 2014 at 4:33 p.m. suggest removal

Lowellville grad deflated after winnings come up short for project

So Lowellville cannot fund $7500 to help fix the courts by the school, but they want to put a court in a location where "someday" they would have the money to build a park?

Mr. DeFrank, if you are reading this, contact the Raymond Wean Foundation, the United Way, and other charitable organizations for the Mahoning Valley and see if they can help fund the $7500 with the BOE funding the other half. There is a beautiful school campus - and that is exactly where the BB courts should be!

And use the festival this weekend to get the word out!! Good luck!

July 16, 2014 at 9:32 a.m. suggest removal

State panel OKs STEM designation for proposed Youngstown school

This "charter" will be different. Is is a joint effort between MCESC and local school districts to provide a STEM focused education for their students without having to create their own program at more cost.

Partnership of programs and services is the only way that the suburban districts will be able to offer the same programming that is state funded in the city districts. Think of it like VoTech - it would be impossible for local districts to all have their own program, but with shared funding, students have an opportunity to attend an excellent program.

It is important to recognize that this "charter" is not for profit, making it very different from what the Vindy and Akron Beacon Journal recently highlighted about the for profit charter school model.

April 16, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. suggest removal

Want tickets for a big concert at Covelli? You aren’t the only one

There is a flyer up in Poland Giant Eagle offering 8 floor seats for $325 EACH. I checked Ticketmaster, and they were priced at $153 each.

How's that for gaming the system?

January 10, 2014 at 9:43 a.m. suggest removal

Study links poverty and student performance

There are various reasons for poverty including mental health issues, drug abuse or both. Many children in Y-town schools have no food security, housing security, or parental security. Throwing money at technology and STEM initiatives is not what inner city schools need to improve performance.

They need to start now at the pre-K and elementary levels with meals (they already provide two a day, but many children may not get a third meal from their home), counseling (these kids are dealing with so much trauma - whether physical or emotional), and a safe haven. Make the school day longer and give them a nap time - how many do you think get a good nights sleep at home?

It will take time, but the solution of making the parents accountable is not working. So how about focusing on the current generation and make them better? Break the cycle. The extra costs to schools will be made up ten times over in reduced services in their adult life - police, social services, etc.

Addressing their social hurdles will actually give these kids an opportunity to rise above poverty!

September 19, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. suggest removal

Youngstown schools to have only new lab program in nation

I wish these types of opportunities were extended to the "rich" schools like Poland. Instead, we just keep getting funding cuts and can barely pay for elementary specialists - let alone 3D printers. How are our kids supposed to be exposed to this advanced technology?

Maybe a better idea would be to create magnet schools for Mahoning County. Then we can all take advantage of the opportunities available to Ycity kids like Early College, the Visual and Performing Arts and the STEM schools.

July 17, 2013 at 9:36 a.m. suggest removal

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