Bill Phillis, retired deputy superintendent of education inland founder of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy, wonders if the Ohio Legislature will act to stop state takeovers of fiscally ailing districts.

He writes:

“Youngstown and Lorain City school districts are in the clutches of HB 70. This legislation transfers the powers of the elected boards of education to a CEO; hence, local citizens, school personnel and students are at the mercy of the CEO.

“Former State Superintendent Richard Ross and the governor’s office brewed this poison stew in collaboration with a half-dozen private citizens in the Youngstown area.

“The proposed legislation would halt the takeover of additional districts until 2021. Possibly, by that time, the state will craft a way to actually help academic distressed districts to improve instead ripping governance from elected boards of education.”

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