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Officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. spoke to residents April 8 at the Covelli Centre about the assets and concerns of city residents. They also promised to develop a plan and a plan of action for implementation.
An investigation into the accountability of charter schools by the Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet has led to two lawmakers asking for changes in state law. The legislation would require private operators and sponsors to comply with public record requests and the state to annually audit those operators and sponsors.
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has scheduled its final informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Covelli Center. The group will recap findings from local neighborhood meetings and offer details on the Neighborhood Conditions Report.
People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.
Some sections of Youngstown have about twice the population of 65 and older residents than the national average. While the city must find a way to help these residents on a declining budget, some businesses that cater to this age group are already seeing a spike in revenue.
At the same time that Ohio requires public school districts to bus charter school students, it is has eliminated money to buy new buses and reduced funding transportation assistance. This forces some local school districts to contract with private busing companies and pay more per mile for each student. The added costs come from local school district’s general fund, which is funded by local taxpayers.
The population of Youngstown is getting smaller – and older. The percentage of residents who are 65 and older is as high as 20 to 35 percent in some areas. This not only concerns those areas, but the development arm of the city. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will need to focus on bringing younger residents into these areas to keep them stable.
Student reporters with The News Outlet contacted nearly 300 charter schools in Ohio in an effort to obtain basic public information. Only one in four schools complied with the requests.
Roughly 70 South side residents attended an informational meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. The meeting at the Oak Hill Collaborative ran for two hours instead of one, which residents expressing their concerns over the lack of attention by leaders to their section of the city.