Panel to discuss charter schools, testing

testingA panel discussion titled “Accountability: Charter Schools and High-Stakes Testing in Ohio” will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Union Baptist Church, 528 Lincoln Ave., Youngstown.

The discussion, co-sponsored by Youngstown State University Beeghly College of Education, will include the following panelists:

  • Doug Oplinger of the Akron Beacon Journal, “What Journalists Can – and Cannot – Tell You About Charter Schools.”
  • Sherry Tyson, assistant treasurer of the Youngstown City Schools, “What Choice Costs Youngstown Taxpayers.”
  • Ronald J. Iarussi, superintendent of Mahoning County Educational Service Center, “Testing and Mandates in the New Age of Accountability.”
  • Randy Hoover, YSU professor emeritus, “The Reality of Student and School Academic Performance.”

The moderator of the discussion is the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown.

Sponsors, in addition to YSU, include ACTION, City of Youngstown Mayor and City Council, Youngstown City Schools Board of Education, Youngstown Junior Civic League, YWCA of Youngstown, Core Team of Union Baptist Church, Michael H. Harrison Sr., pastor.