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Board members of Turkish-run charter schools won’t answer questions about citizenship or leadership roles

Posted on in Community, Featured, State of Education Ohio |

The names of school board members at Ohio’s publicly funded Horizon and Noble charter schools are unlike those on traditional public school boards.

Idora Park property – 29 years and waiting

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A year ago Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, pastor of Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, told members of the Idora Neighborhood Association, that his church was ready to build a “Dream Center” on the former amusement park location. By October, he hinted that the project could break ground “as early as spring of 2014.” To date, nothing has been announced or built. Jessica Mowchan/

Since 1985, the owner of the Idora Park property has promised to develop a City of God on the site. After 29 years, the property sits idle. Now, the owner Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, may ask the community for financial help to kick start the development.

Charter schools must market themselves to survive

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Charter, or community schools, in Ohio must market themselves to parents and students in order to survive. The ads promise everything from flexibility, one-on-one teaching, safety and better education to entice parents, potential students.

Experts try to define what makes a ‘good’ charter school

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Charter school advocates and officials in Ohio say the best charter schools have the strong leaders and strong board members.

News Outlet/Beacon Journal BOE package wins AP journalism award

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News Outlet interns, staff and faculty meet weekly to discuss progress on joint reporting projects. A recent effort looking at the Ohio Board of Education recently won best explanatory journalism honors from the Associated Press. Jessica Mowchan/

The News Outlet, based at Youngstown State University, has once again earned state honors for the journalistic work done by its staff of student reporters.

Editors and writers from across the state gathered May 19 at the Easton Hilton, Columbus, for the 2013 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s Newspaper Awards.

The Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet earned second place for Best Explanatory Reporting for a package looking at the Ohio Board of Education in Division V. This division includes the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Inquirer, the Columbus Post Dispatch and the Toledo Blade. The judges were media peers from other states.

First Youngstown SOUP raises $700 for Circle of Friends

Posted on in The Youngstown Project |

Youngstown SOUP, a dinner/micro-grant event, raised $1,000 at its first event to help one community project. The winning project was the Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends. The winner of best soup was Denise Bayer for her Cream of Tomato Basil. The next event is July 27.

YSU chooses Tressel as next president

Posted on in Community, The Youngstown Project, WYSU |

Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success at The University of Akron, has accepted an offer to be the next president of Youngstown State University, where he coached football from 1986 to 2000 before leaving to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Shroder, Wasser speak to YSU grads at spring commencement May 17

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Robert W. Shroder of Catholic Health Partners will be the commencement speaker for spring commencement May 17 at Youngstown State University. Melissa Wasser will address fellow graduates. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. for undergraduates and 2:30 p.m. for graduate students.

Elections officials expect light voter turnout at Mahoning Valley polls

Posted on in Community, The Youngstown Project, WYSU |

Election officials in the Mahoning Valley expect a light turnout of voters, in the 20-percent range, on Election Day, May 6. The exceptions may be in the West Branch School District and in Austintown, where levies are on the ballot.

Cadets participate in controlled burn of vacant house

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Firefighting cadets with the Youngstown Fired Department participated in a controlled burn of a house at the corner of Ford Avenue and Arlington Street, adjacent to the Youngstown State University campus. Residents, businesses and university students were unaware this was a training exercise.