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Invest in education in Ravenna

Published: January 30, 2014 4:00 AM

As a graduate of Ravenna High School (Class of 1962), I encourage the citizens of Ravenna to continue a tradition of excellence and vote "Yes" for the school levy on Feb. 4. Investing in our children and their education is the best investment you can make.

Many of the facilities in the school system are in dire need of maintenance. Don't let Ravenna schools fall behind other districts. With a new high school and a first-class athletic complex, we are in many ways the envy of other schools. But our other buildings desperately need to be updated and repaired.

Protect the investments that have already been made and protect the future of education in Ravenna. Vote "Yes."

Chas Madonio

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little_r_republican Jan 31, 2014 7:59 AM

Public education has been degrading teir standards for many years...about as long as they have had union protection for the teachers.  witness that obama's speech only required 8.2 years of today's education to be comprehended. Thomas Jefferson's 5 yr SOTU (written and submitted to Congress and then read aloud) would require 25.2 years of today's formal education to be comprehended. The Foundign Father's sure were as the progressives say: "knuckle dragging neanderthals".

redleg6 Jan 30, 2014 4:30 PM

*** this education system worth investing in???

High School Grads Not College Ready
DAYTON — New state statistics show that 40 percent of Ohio high school graduates weren’t ready for college-level math or English when entering the state’s public colleges or universities in 2012.

The Dayton Daily News reports the percentage shown in Ohio Board of Regents data indicates that more than 20,00 Ohioans paid college tuition to learn what they should have learned in high school.

The percentage is reported as educators continue to look for ways to lower the remediation rate that has only improved slightly from 41 percent in 2011.

Local school districts are looking for ways to cut that rate. Colleges also are likely
to focus on developmental education under a new formula basing the institutions’ funding on whether students complete classes and graduate.......

***** 4 out of 10  high school students that graduated, don't know the basics.

I have to ask myself how does that happen? I mean with all the State tests and standards, professional administrators/teacher/unions, they all say they are for the children.

So why is it 40% of Ohio high school graduates don't know the basics? Poor teachers? or lack of money? Or just dumb parents/children? Who approves/hands out the diplomas???

little_r_republican Jan 30, 2014 9:41 AM

opps...I should ahve made it clear I was referring to jimlighton's post below.

little_r_republican Jan 30, 2014 9:39 AM

Without saying I agree or disagree with this idea...I certinly appreciate the thinking outside the box!

jimlighton Jan 30, 2014 7:24 AM

"Putting 'BAND-AIDS' on this 'MAJOR MACHETTE SLICE' is 'NO' long term solution to this or any school problem.  

Perhaps, it is time for a 'TOTAL CHANGE' for the school district?

"What if: instead of 'PATCHING' the curent problem, we change the mode of teaching with the school system.  

"Stop and think, What if: we 'SUPPLIED' each student with their 'OWN' computer, and put the teachers on line to teach them?

Possible savings:

1)  No longer need school buildings, savings in operating costs, heat, electric, water and sewer.

2)  No longer have a problem with inclement weather situations, everything on line.

3)  No longer need to transport children from their homes to the schools.  

4)  Liability insurance will be lessened.

5)  No longer need as many buses to transport children.

6)  Etc. etc. etc.

7)  This would 'REDUCE' the property taxes on 'EVERY' property in the district.

8)  The 'COST' of supplying a computer to each student would be 'LOWER', by far, then the TOTAL DOLLAR AMOUNT for this levy.

I am looking for more 'BANG FOR THE BUCK' or 'VALUE FOR DOLLARS' spent!!!

Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township