Akron Schools


The often buttoned-down superintendent of Akron City Schools let loose when he contrasted the financial and academic standards applied to traditional public schools and charter schools. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from today’s State of the Schools address.

Akron public schools protesters
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

The Akron Board of Education is forming a special committee to determine how to respond to teacher complaints that students who physically and verbally assault teachers are not being appropriately disciplined. 

More than a hundred teachers and other Akron Public School employees protested for about an hour before last night’s board of education meeting. Akron Education Association President Pat Shipe then took their argument inside.

Dan Horrigan
Tim Rudell / WKSU

It’s summer-slide time in Akron.   That’s the name of a program the City of Akron and Akron’s Schools are working on together to keep kids from losing ground in reading during the summer break.  

Volunteers will be paired up with students to read with them two hours a week through the summer. The program will be offered at a half-dozen community centers around town. And, it will come with a lunch for the kids, too. 

What will it cost taxpayers?

Akron Councilman Donnie Kammer

At least one member of Akron City Council is calling for better communication with Akron school officials when it comes to long-term construction plans for the school district.

The 7th Ward’s Donnie Kammer was direct. During a Planning Committee meeting with school leaders, he said that while tens of millions of dollars are being spent on some building projects, he’s heard nothing for years about upgrades for schools in his ward and some other parts of the city.

And, he says, as Akron continues to lose population, that is worrisome.