The future of Ohio’s state takeovers of so called “failing” school districts rests with the Ohio Senate.
On May 1, 2019, by an astounding bipartisan margin of 83/12, the Ohio House passed HB 154, to repeal Ohio’s failed school district takeover law. Then, just to ensure that the leadership crisis is stopped in the school districts of Youngstown and Lorain, the House banned state school district takeovers in its version of the state budget, passed last week.
On Monday of this week, however, the Columbus Dispatch editorialized to warn the Legislature not to rush to change HB 70. Ohio’s state school district takeover law, HB 70, was fast-tracked and passed without hearings at the end of the session in June of 2015. Under HB 70, Ohio brands any school district which has received three years of consecutive “F” grades on the state report card as academic distressed and subject to…
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