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State Argues School Takeover Bill Is Constitutional

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The state is arguing lawmakers didn't violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed House Bill 70, which shifted control of poor-performing school districts. 

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the plan that puts operational control in the hands of unelected CEOs instead of their publicly electedboards. The legislation known as the "Youngstown Plan" was pushed through the Legislature in one day in 2015. Youngstown's school board and school employees' unions say it violates the constitution by stripping boards' authority. They also say lawmakers ignored the "Three Reading Rule" requiring repeated consideration of legislation.

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