Group urges cooperation with state’s Youngstown schools takeover

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the law known as House Bill 70 takes effect Thursday in the Youngstown City Schools, a community group is encouraging families in the district to get involved.

Leaders with the group calling itself “Youngstown Educational Solutions” met reporters Thursday morning downtown, urging the community to embrace the new plan.

One of the group’s leaders is former city school board member Tracey Winbush. She said students, parents, community members and others need to work together to help the academic distress commission that will oversee the district.

“Whether it means parent conferences, whether it be communications, whether it be knowledge, understanding the standardized testing, understanding how to better help their child get to school, finding out what their needs are, because every child learns differently,” she said.

The group said it wants to see H.B. 70 succeed in turning the schools around after spending the last decade under academic emergency. Leaders of the group said families and others can get involved simply by attending school board and academic distress commission meetings and holding members of both accountable for their decisions

“This is a community issue. This is a family issue. This is a future issue, and no one is coming in here to dissolve the Youngstown City Schools,” Winbush said. “It is in here to support the Youngstown City Schools, so they can get the education that’s needed for the future.”

H.B. 70, otherwise known as the Youngstown Plan, will revamp the district’s current academic distress commission, as well as adding a new CEO to oversee operations.

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