I hope the voters in YCSD show the state legislators that it does not matter if they elect the "wrong" school board members. They should vote no on the upcoming levy. The Youngstown Plan is taxation without representation. The school taxes will be spent on poor teachers, poor charter schools and the only group reaping the benefits will be the overpaid administrators and greedy investors in the charter schools. Education for profit is the only outcome Kasich and his followers are looking for. Everyone with half a brain knows that no plan will succeed without buy-in and there is no buy-in without representation.
October 22, 2015 at 3:15 p.m.
Joebag09--you should care about this because this is the governor's and regional chamber of commerce's agenda to replace public education with charter schools. Your tax dollars will be spent on education without any representation. There is a plan: Part1-- take taxpayer representation of the underperforming schools by using vouchers and CEO authority; Part 2 --extend the CEO authority to the suburban school districts to consolidate districts and dismantle the schools under the guise of saving taxpayer money/efficancy. The tax savings will then be converted to some inane fund like the rainy day fund which is the governor's fun money and is never returned to the taxpayers. They will take away local control of education and your money. Trumbull and Mahoning counties will be the beta-site because Kasich's lap dog Tom Humphries is CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of Kasich's Board of Regents. I just hope I am retired and out of this county before this cluster of a plan is implemented. This plan will ultimately result in poorer schools and deflated property values.
October 15, 2015 at 11:57 a.m.
This is a sad day for Youngstown City Schools and taxpayers. Yes, the schools need to improve. The rights of the taxpayers were subverted by an eleventh hour, underhanded move by the Republican legislature. This could happen to any community that Governor Kasich and the local Chamber of Commerce CEO deem unacceptable. If you think it does not concern you because you do not live in Y-town think again.
October 14, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.
This is ridiculous. The people who have caused the blight should be responsible for mitigating it. Some of the blighted homes are probably owned by the banks. This is a typical democratic response to punish the citizens who do the right thing by making them pay for the slackers and delinquents. There must be a grant out there to pay for this. What about using prison labor?
October 7, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.
My favorite comment from your editorial was that if the creators of the plan had put politicians on the committee--it would be partisan. Come on Vindicator are you deaf, dumb and blind? The CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce is the puppet of Kasich. Humphries complains that the "Excellent" schools in the Valley are costing too much to run and they should be consolidated. The underperforming districts should be taken over by private enterprise selected by Humphries, Kasich, and their comrades. If the Governor had wanted to take partisan politics out of the Y-town plan he could have appointed educational specialists from outside of Ohio and let those experts take applications from citizens, community leaders and educators for the committee and CEO position. Humphries heading this group up is his reward for delivering votes to Kasich--pure and simple. This is a case of taxation without representation. Kasich and Humphries try to make the case that the elected school board is to blame for not doing anything. Sometimes elected officials do not do what they are supposed to but, that does not give anyone the right to oust or replace them. The recall or replacement of school board members is up to the voters in the Youngstown City School District, not the governor or the CEO of the regional Chamber of Commerce.
September 14, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.
I think that a 50 mph speed limit on any highway that is part of the interstate system is crazy. 55 should be the minimum or federal highway funds should be withheld. I have always thought that the very low speed limit was to help YPD catch the drug runners and thugs. Apparently, speeders are the next tier of violent criminals after the drug runners, gang bangers and thugs. I can support the cameras in school zones for safety but, not on I-680.
September 7, 2015 at 2:26 a.m.
This is the worst case of taxation without representation in modern history, Yes, the school system needs work but, the Youngstown Plan is a Kasich patronage reward. Look who he tapped for the group the Regional Chamber CEO ( guy with an a Associate degree and a well publicized agenda to consolidate all the local schools) the Bishop (the unofficial CEO of the largest group of private schools in the Valley who committed a school expansion to the city), Jim Tressel (a university president with chairs to fill). None of the people have actually turned around a city school system. If you want to make the schools better put together a group from outside Youngstown. If the inner circle appointed by the governor actually wanted to work on improving the schools they would have been present prior to the development of the Youngstown plan. I actually believe that most of the people involved--Humphries, the Bishop, Tressel and the charter schools have a vested interest in seeing the YCSD fail. In my opinion this is window dressing for a Kasich and Humphries first step in take over of the all the Valley school systems based upon Humphries loyalty to the governor.
August 19, 2015 at 11:49 a.m.
I will never vote for another sales tax increase as long as I live in this valley. Bonuses are not acceptable in the public sector because there are no income producing departments. There are no profits to be distributed or given as bonuses. Everything is one big suck by the tax wasters aka the county commissioners.
April 9, 2015 at 10:58 a.m.
Really, this the only subject Pete has enough knowledge of to write about. Vegans do not eat fish, by the way. Why do I even subscribe to a newspaper that prints such mundane letters?
March 18, 2015 at 5:09 p.m.
Mr. Vivo has nothing to worry about. If you are a democrat you can be elected in Youngstown even if you are under indictment. Easy peasy, the voters were taught only to read the letter D and color in the oval on the ballot. No need to read the newspaper to learn another fact about the candidate.
March 10, 2015 at 4:53 p.m.