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Lepore-Hagan responds to Supreme Court decision to consider appeal of "Youngstown Plan"

Says plan is unconstitutional, silences local elected officials
October 24, 2018
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and John Boccieri (D-Poland) today responded to the Ohio Supreme Court announcement that it will hear the Youngstown Board of Education’s appeal against House Bill (HB) 70. This hearing will be the latest chapter in an ongoing legal battle brought forth by the Board since HB 70 became law in July 2015.

“I have always said that it was unconstitutional to take away the voice of local elected officials,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “The Ohio Supreme Court’s acceptance of this appeal is a testament to the merit of the Board’s concerns for the district. I am delighted that the checks and balances of government are working for the citizens of Youngstown.”

HB 70 controversially became law in the 131st General Assembly under intense pressure from Governor John Kasich. Under the plan, the state assumed control of the Youngstown City School District, eliminating school board power in favor of an unelected Academic Distress Commission and appointing a CEO to oversee all operations of the district. It is not known when the Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case.

"The Ohio Supreme Court's decision to hear the Youngstown Plan's case confirms that the process under which it passed didn't allow for local input,” said Rep. Boccieri. “The unconventional model of an un-checked CEO and a heavy-handed state takeover reflect the arrogance of one party-rule in Columbus."