A handful of both Youngstown-area and statewide groups filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education today in an effort to stop a state takeover of the city’s schools.
Last month, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a plan to allow increased state intervention in districts with continually failing schools, including Youngstown.
The lawsuit alleges that House Bill 70 is unconstitutional.
The Youngstown City School Board and the Ohio Education Association – two of the plaintiffs in the suit – say the legislation outlining a plan for state-issued school takeovers — didn’t receive three readings in each chamber, which violates the state constitution.
The Ohio Department of Education is tapping three people to take an independent look at the state’s charter school sponsor system.
Last month, a high-ranking ODE official resigned after omitting F grades on several charter school evaluations.
The panel includes a Canfield-area accountant, a lawyer from Columbus, and Perrysburg Schools superintendent Thomas Holser, who said the group won’t be debating whether charter schools should exist in Ohio.
“They’re here,” he said. “The legislature, the state board, yano, support the system that we have.”
At an education summit in New Hampshire earlier today, sponsored by an education reporting website and a school choice advocacy group, six GOP presidential hopefuls explained their platform on education.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was there, and used a chunk of his allocated 45-minute time slot to reiterate his support of the Common Core.
But he avoided mentioning the controversial math and English standards for students in grades K-12 by name.