Group Pushing for Educational Excellence in Youngstown

A Youngstown group is pushing for educational excellence in Youngstown City Schools.

The Campaign For African-American Achievement held a press conference announcing phase 2 of its campaign, which focuses on President Obama’s Executive Order 13621, Educational Excellence for African Americans. It is the first such order in the history of the United States.

The group claims the Youngstown School Board refuses to adopt the measure, with the exception of one member.  It also said the district has received only “D” and “F” ratings for the past 14 years.

“There are things the community needs to do, has not done, and the community’s responsible for.  and…the community frankly hasn’t stepped up to the plate and done what it needs to do when it comes to educating our children,” said Jimma McWilson of the Campaign for African-Amercican Achievement.

The group said it will be going door to door and traveling to Washington, D.C., to tell community members and lawmakers they feel federal dollars are not being used to pursue excellence for the school district.

Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn was not in the office on Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.


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