Ed FOCUS targets Youngstown City Schools

The EdFocus Initiative took at look at schools in Youngstown, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown City Schools were the focus of an event organized by the NAACP Saturday. The school system is still trying to live up to recommendations made four years ago.

Community members gathered at the McGuffey Center to hear from the EdFOCUS Initiative, which conducted an academic audit of Youngstown City Schools in 2011. They wanted the schools to develop a Pre-K-through-12 curriculum based on standards.

“There was a disconnect among all these programs and the curriculum. So even if kids were getting help, they weren’t necessarily getting help with the things that matched the curriculum,” said Judy March, EdFOCUS Initiative.

The consultants said their 2011 findings largely matched a 2014 report from the Ohio Department of Education and that not every standard has been enacted yet.

A group of students also came to the symposium, saying they want teachers to do more for them.

“The teachers want respect from us, and they want a lot of things from the students,” said Jean Butler, Chaney High School student. “I feel like we need to be equal with it. We should give as much as they give us.”

Those attending the event also said they want the community more involved, and they want to highlight the good aspects of city schools.

“It sounds like there has been some headway with this effort. If they are going to organize it, they can make even more headway because there are some fine, fine teachers in Youngstown. No doubt about it,” March said.

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