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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement today after a Franklin County Common Pleas judge denied a motion for an injunction to block the so-called Youngstown Plan from taking affect this week:

“I am very disappointed the judge did not act to temporarily block the CEO takeover of Youngstown City Schools while the constitutionality of the takeover law is still being determined in court,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Youngstown residents have the right to testify on laws that will radically reshape public education in their community, and I remain hopeful that the court will ultimately decide that the so-called Youngstown Plan – crafted behind closed doors and rushed through the legislature – violated these rights. I am determined to continue fighting for an education plan that reflects the unique needs and challenges of the Valley and one that will be shaped by the voices and opinions of its parents, teachers, and other residents.” 

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Tue, Oct 13, 2015

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 

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Wed, Oct 7, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) this week urged Governor John Kasich to reconsider his decision not to include the city of Youngstown in his request for a time limit waiver for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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Tue, Oct 6, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to the public records released by the Ohio Department of Education relating to the illegal charter school data scrubbing done by David Hansen, Gov. Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband:

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today expressed disappointment over the lack of community ties of Governor Kasich’s recent appointee to the Youngstown State University (YSU) Board of Trustees, Dr. Charles R. Bush: 

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Wed, Sep 2, 2015

Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“Today, on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we are reminded of how paramount its passage was to the fight for equal access to the ballot box. However, 50 years later, we are still fighting to protect the right to vote against Republicans in this state who wish to disenfranchise voters by curbing early voting hours, limiting registration periods and establishing unnecessary voter ID laws. Progress has been made these last 50 years, but the fight must continue.”


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Wed, Aug 5, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today praised the Board of Trustees of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) for its resolution condemning the fast-track takeover of the Youngstown City Schools. The resolution calls on the members of the Ohio General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and Governor Kasich to seek changes to the law that would “preserve and enhance democracy and local control.” 

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Tue, Aug 4, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) has urged Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger to convene a special session in order to hold a vote to override the governor’s veto of a budget provision related state developmental centers. Lepore-Hagan’s bipartisan provision in the recently passed state budget would have stayed the closure of the Youngstown and Montgomery Developmental Centers until further review by a 13-member commission.

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Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Today, a standing room only crowd packed McGuffey Elementary School in Youngstown for a public meeting hosted by Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Youngstown Mayor John McNally to discuss the Youngstown School Plan.  Parents, teachers and community residents protested the plan contained in House Bill 70 that gives broad and unprecedented powers to an unelected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to run the district.

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Tue, Jul 14, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today urged the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee to consider House Bill 73, which establishes the State Facilities Closure Review Commission to review proposed closures of state developmental centers, including those in Youngstown and Montgomery County already set for closure.

The governor vetoed Lepore-Hagan’s bipartisan provision in the recently passed state budget that would have stayed the closures upon the review of a 13-member commission.

In a letter addressed to the chair of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, Rep. Lepore-Hagan wrote, “At minimum, there should be a robust and transparent review of all facts before the state decides to take action. House Bill 73 would ensure that such a review takes place, and it would provide the opportunity for residents, families, employees and the surrounding communities to have their voices heard.”

Text of the letter can be seen below:

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Tue, Jul 7, 2015