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School Districts Trapped Under State Control Until Further Notice

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

It can be tough for K-12 students to perform well on assessments in a pandemic. “It doesn’t matter what district you’re in right now, it’s going to be difficult for anybody to have high achievement,” said Youngstown City Schools CEO Justin Jennings.

That’s why legislators agreed to alleviate the extra stress. They suspended state assessments this past school year and temporarily did away with state district report card grades. But Youngstown Academic Distress Commission (ADC) Chair John Richard said that decision left districts like Youngstown City Schools in a catch-22.

“With the pandemic, we have been a bit frustrated because of put a hold on the report cards, overall. And of course, for the commission to no longer exist, there has to be an overall grade on the state report card of a C, and then two subsequent years of a D or higher.”

That means they have no way to get from under state control because there’s no way to measure performance and improvement.

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