I am a teacher at Youngstown Community School. After reading the comments on this board,I have a few of my own.
First, in no way, shape, or form should the Youngstown City teachers be blamed for the test scores. They, alone, have no control over those results. When I was in high school, I was a frequent visitor to one of the city's junior high school where discipline and learning was poor. As a college student, I revisited that same school. By then 2 gentlemen had taken over as principle and vice principle and things had CHANGED!!! Along with their strict code of conduct that was enforced by both them and the teachers with forced parental involvement that school had turned around. So it can be done if ALL involved work together for the good of the children.
Secondly, there have been very few children that have been asked to leave our school (expelled). We work with our problem students and try to get them to become responsible, respectful, and accountable for their actions. As a matter of fact, we have children entering our school throughout the year--some right before the tests which is quite challenging because these children need to learn our procedures and most need to "catch up" in their schoolwork.
And finally, the article is not meant to downgrade any other school systems. It simply is a success story.
March 6, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
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