School progress reports released in Ohio

School progress reports released in Ohio

There are 22 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 25, 2008, titled School progress reports released in Ohio. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

About a third of the area's 62 school districts received a higher grade this year on the state's report card than they did last year.

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Beefalo

Canton, OH

#1 Aug 26, 2008
Hey Beacon....I live in akron an would like to see a story about akron school district numbers. I have a son who will start school next year and after looking at the numbers you would have to be an idiot to put anyone in the akron public school system.
Tallmadge Proud

Akron, OH

#2 Aug 26, 2008
It's great to see Tallmadge get an "A+" rating. The schools are doing well. I am so proud.

Now how you tie that to the need for a levy is my question? You can't get any better so why do you need additional levy money? It's time to cut administrators and let the teachers handle the state maximum amount of students to reduce costs even more, and see what happens to the state rating. If it stays the same at "A+" then what most people have been saying - Tallmadge doesn't need more school property taxes, and No Pay to Play, No High School Busing, and No All Day Kindergarten have nothing to do with any of the state ratings anyway.

Remember the levy is not about the kids, but about how to pay for projected increases in adminstration & teacher pay and benefits which are out of control. Those two areas need to be addressed before any new levy is passed in tallmadge.

I'll be voting NO on the levy in November.
Akron Mom

Avon Lake, OH

#3 Aug 26, 2008
Anyone notice that Miller South got rated "Excellent with Distinction"? Way to go art kids!!!

Now, how about more arts integration in the rest of the schools. Apparently it does great things.

APS, we want more after school arts programming.
AKRONS CANCER

Mansfield, OH

#4 Aug 26, 2008
Being a land lord with properties in Akron & the suburbs the following observation has been made.
My suburban properties are very popular with numerous parents moving out of the city into better school districts. Most of the callers I note were black and they have rented from me with rental fees of close to $1000.00 per month.
Questioning them as reason they move are:
1. Disruptive student population deteriating the class room envirnment.
2. Crime rate in Akron and safty of themselves and family.
Point taken is Sommerville, the Mayor have not taken concern of the safty of the city of Akron citizen.
They think a new building means a better school not changing student behavior.
It is not White flight from Akron, it is just flight. Leave Akron and let the criminals,disruptive school envirnment, and the crooks have Akron with the currupt politics and move to safty and higher ground of education for their children.
Thank you one more time Mayor and Sommerville for making Akron what it is today
hubman

Cleveland, OH

#5 Aug 26, 2008
Of the 8 largest cities in the state, Akron has the best school system of the bunch, check the numbers. Akron has 2 high schools rated excellent and many elementary schools rated excellent. they also have all-day kindergarten which many suburban districts do not have.
Realist

Mansfield, OH

#6 Aug 26, 2008
Don't worry -- Akron's student scores and behavior are going to get so much better now that they are forced to wear uniforms. And if you believe that, I've got a sewer I can lease you real cheap.
Stop it

Streetsboro, OH

#7 Aug 26, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
It's great to see Tallmadge get an "A+" rating. The schools are doing well. I am so proud.
Now how you tie that to the need for a levy is my question? You can't get any better so why do you need additional levy money? It's time to cut administrators and let the teachers handle the state maximum amount of students to reduce costs even more, and see what happens to the state rating. If it stays the same at "A+" then what most people have been saying - Tallmadge doesn't need more school property taxes, and No Pay to Play, No High School Busing, and No All Day Kindergarten have nothing to do with any of the state ratings anyway.
Remember the levy is not about the kids, but about how to pay for projected increases in adminstration & teacher pay and benefits which are out of control. Those two areas need to be addressed before any new levy is passed in tallmadge.
I'll be voting NO on the levy in November.
I bet if you were a teacher or administrator you wouldn't think your salary is "out of control". Wake up.
RU Kiddingme

Northfield, OH

#8 Aug 26, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
It's great to see Tallmadge get an "A+" rating. The schools are doing well. I am so proud.
Now how you tie that to the need for a levy is my question? You can't get any better so why do you need additional levy money? It's time to cut administrators and let the teachers handle the state maximum amount of students to reduce costs even more, and see what happens to the state rating. If it stays the same at "A+" then what most people have been saying - Tallmadge doesn't need more school property taxes, and No Pay to Play, No High School Busing, and No All Day Kindergarten have nothing to do with any of the state ratings anyway.
Remember the levy is not about the kids, but about how to pay for projected increases in adminstration & teacher pay and benefits which are out of control. Those two areas need to be addressed before any new levy is passed in tallmadge.
I'll be voting NO on the levy in November.
And just think.... they did that in a dilapidated old school that was unsafe at any speed.

Vote NO on November 4.
Uniform Mom

United States

#9 Aug 26, 2008
Realist wrote:
Don't worry -- Akron's student scores and behavior are going to get so much better now that they are forced to wear uniforms. And if you believe that, I've got a sewer I can lease you real cheap.
Uniforms are to teach kids and immature parents that school is a place where RESPECT is key to productivity and order, and NOT the mockery of decency that prevails with pre-teen girls dressing like prostitutes and boys like gang members. Many times it looks like the goal of school for girls is "Who can become the most seductive?" It's disgusting and a waste!

A school uniform policy also RESPECTS the home budget of parents and encourages them to live within their means. We have outfitted our kids for school for $160/year in grade school, and now even less in high school because they wear the same size longer and the 2nd kid uses the 1st one's clothes. There's no more economical way to dress a kid for school than uniforms with a choice of places to buy them--like Penneys, WalMart, etc.
Tallmadge Proud

Akron, OH

#10 Aug 26, 2008
Stop it wrote:
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I bet if you were a teacher or administrator you wouldn't think your salary is "out of control". Wake up.
I am awake. Tallmadge is doing just fine and doesn't need the levy increase. Tallmadge has too many teachers and administrators still so who cares what they think - it's all about budgeting to meet your income matching your expenditures. I'll be voting NO in November once again along with the 55%- 60% of others in Tallmadge.
just plain mad

Akron, OH

#11 Aug 26, 2008
glad to see the grades are up, now is there a teacher out there that can teach a kid how to count back change without the register telling them?
Cloverine Fleetwood

Akron, OH

#12 Aug 26, 2008
Akron Mom wrote:
Anyone notice that Miller South got rated "Excellent with Distinction"? Way to go art kids!!!
Now, how about more arts integration in the rest of the schools. Apparently it does great things.
APS, we want more after school arts programming.
Miller-South and Firestone both did well and that is wonderful; however, it would be naive to attribute their success to their art programs. Miller-South entire student body is hand selected based on demonstrated talent and ability. Firestone students in the arts and IB program's are similartly selected. These programs draw from among the best students in the city. All schools with programs that have demonstated high academic acheivement and talent as a gateway requirment for admission do well. They should.
If you think that a school like Miller-South would do just as well if its student body was 4th to 8th graders who simply lived in the neighborhood, you are kidding yourself. Miller-South and Firestone house programs designed to draw the best students away from other schools. They do that and get good results.
Stop it

Streetsboro, OH

#13 Aug 26, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
<quoted text>I am awake. Tallmadge is doing just fine and doesn't need the levy increase. Tallmadge has too many teachers and administrators still so who cares what they think - it's all about budgeting to meet your income matching your expenditures. I'll be voting NO in November once again along with the 55%- 60% of others in Tallmadge.
Where do you suggest they cut back? We have good teachers and administrators who are doing what they need to do to keep the district running. I am sure if your company runs into financial problems you would say, "let me go...I want to help out". Our kids need the teachers that make sure we get an "excellent" rating. I guess I won't see you at the new school tour on Sunday. Good. More punch for me.
Cassie

New Philadelphia, OH

#14 Aug 26, 2008
Beefalo wrote:
Hey Beacon....I live in akron an would like to see a story about akron school district numbers. I have a son who will start school next year and after looking at the numbers you would have to be an idiot to put anyone in the akron public school system.
Here's a tip. I graduated from Akron Public Schools. Put my kids in private ones. Hope that helps.
RU Kiddingme

Northfield, OH

#15 Aug 26, 2008
Stop it wrote:
<quoted text>
Where do you suggest they cut back? We have good teachers and administrators who are doing what they need to do to keep the district running. I am sure if your company runs into financial problems you would say, "let me go...I want to help out". Our kids need the teachers that make sure we get an "excellent" rating. I guess I won't see you at the new school tour on Sunday. Good. More punch for me.
Oh. Free punch now. Who's paying for THAT?
King James

United States

#16 Aug 26, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
It's great to see Tallmadge get an "A+" rating. The schools are doing well. I am so proud.
Now how you tie that to the need for a levy is my question? You can't get any better so why do you need additional levy money? It's time to cut administrators and let the teachers handle the state maximum amount of students to reduce costs even more, and see what happens to the state rating. If it stays the same at "A+" then what most people have been saying - Tallmadge doesn't need more school property taxes, and No Pay to Play, No High School Busing, and No All Day Kindergarten have nothing to do with any of the state ratings anyway.
Remember the levy is not about the kids, but about how to pay for projected increases in adminstration & teacher pay and benefits which are out of control. Those two areas need to be addressed before any new levy is passed in tallmadge.
I'll be voting NO on the levy in November.
My God are you an idiot...

I'm sorry... But the below has to be the single most stupid thing I have ever read....
"It's time to cut administrators and let the teachers handle the state maximum amount of students"

Ya... Thats a real good idea... Lets bring down our School system.... That will really do wonders for the value of our houses.

How could someone with your lack of brain power even understand how to post on this site?

Is somebody helping you punch they key board?

Did they help you log on?

Are they reading this post for you now?

“you've got to have a reason”

Since: Aug 08

akron/falls ohio

#17 Aug 26, 2008
Tallmadge Proud wrote:
<quoted text>I am awake. Tallmadge is doing just fine and doesn't need the levy increase. Tallmadge has too many teachers and administrators still so who cares what they think - it's all about budgeting to meet your income matching your expenditures. I'll be voting NO in November once again along with the 55%- 60% of others in Tallmadge.
People like you are never happy... the school goes up and meets the community demand for excellence...and you say no to a levy.. if they had went down, your excuse would be to not throw more money at them and again vote no.
maybe people should just stop having children, then you won't ever have to worry about levies again.
Word to the Wise

Lakewood, OH

#18 Aug 26, 2008
Dude, I've seen kids from Miller-South "perform," and it wasn't pretty. What, exactly, are they teaching those kids over there? Hope there's more of a curriculum than the song-and-dance routines they display at the Akron Arts Expo. It ain't good.

Regarding Tallmadge...I just love how these districts erect monumental high schools with all the fixins, then won't pass the levys to pay the bills. That's how America works, anymore. Sad, tragic and frankly, not really great planning or budgeting by those who construct the school palaces.
saddened

Canton, OH

#19 Aug 26, 2008
Uniform Mom wrote:
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Uniforms are to teach kids and immature parents that school is a place where RESPECT is key to productivity and order, and NOT the mockery of decency that prevails with pre-teen girls dressing like prostitutes and boys like gang members. Many times it looks like the goal of school for girls is "Who can become the most seductive?" It's disgusting and a waste!
A school uniform policy also RESPECTS the home budget of parents and encourages them to live within their means. We have outfitted our kids for school for $160/year in grade school, and now even less in high school because they wear the same size longer and the 2nd kid uses the 1st one's clothes. There's no more economical way to dress a kid for school than uniforms with a choice of places to buy them--like Penneys, WalMart, etc.
The uniform policy is very important for later in life when they enter the work world. It is called Dress for Success. You have to start somewhere and there is no place to begin than at school.
Voice of Reason

Akron, OH

#20 Aug 26, 2008
RU Kiddingme wrote:
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Oh. Free punch now. Who's paying for THAT?
You are with the beer tax and cigarette tax. Thanks you. Cookies too!!!

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