Video by Akron Beacon Journal education reporter John Higgins
''Look, I'll be very frank. I'd be crazy to put a levy on the ballot this year or next year, with the economy, with our people suffering.''
-- David James, superintendent, Akron Public Schools.
Some quick headlines from Akron Public Schools superintendent David James' second annual State of the Schools address today, hosted by the Akron Press Club.
No levy requests this year or next.
No school closures anticipated (last year James announced the closure of two middle schools, two elementary schools and the relocation of the Stewart Africentric program).
No layoffs anticipated this year.
New discipline policy in the works that will end "zero tolerance" for nonviolent student bad behavior, i.e., no more out-of-school holidays suspensions for smarting off or breaking school rules.
Students currently in the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) middle school will have a STEM high school to go to after 8th grade, probably in a single building to start.
The district hopes to get mini-STEM projects involving smaller groups of students going in regular neighborhood schools.
Former ABJ reporter Kymberli Hagelberg covered State of the Schools for her
blog and has more video.