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House Replacing "Youngstown Plan" For Troubled Schools


The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already resulted in the takeover of three districts, would be replaced with a different model. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

Critics on the House floor blasted the state’s academic distress commission system that allows the state to take control of failing school districts.


The system was created in 2015 and has since been used in Youngstown, Lorain, and East Cleveland. Opponents says it hasn’t proven to help.


Democratic Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown says the plan did not have enough local control and was rushed through the legislature.


“This vote will make sure that we mark the beginning of the end of an ill-conceived, destructive scheme.”


The new plan would help failing schools through what’s called the community learning centers model. The bill now goes to the Senate.



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