Aug 27, 2017, Youngstown, OH, Vindy.com: Teaching, learning are priorities http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/aug/27/teaching-learning-are-priorities/?newswatch Youngstown City School students will return to classes Sept. 5 this year, and there will be some noticeable differences. As we enter into the second year of the strategic plan, there will be a strong focus on teaching and learning in every classroom. … …This past year we saw a 55 percent reduction in out-of school suspensions; however, despite this decrease we are still suspending our students at a rate more than five times the average of other schools in Ohio. We are implementing a new Student Code of Conduct that requires our staff to implement restorative practices. A new approach is needed because what we have been doing simply has not worked. We can and will do better.