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Daniel Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015.

There were 21 bills that state lawmakers managed to the governor's desk for his signature. However, there are many other bills that received a lot of attention this year but are still waiting in the wings for 2020.

Ohio Senate Education Committee listens to testimony on HB154 at the Ohio Senate Building in downtown Columbus.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate Education Committee is scheduled for a possible vote on, HB154, a measure that would overhaul the way the state handles failing school districts. The bill would attempt to move away from what's known as state takeovers of local districts, but critics say there's still not enough local control. 

Ohio Senate Education Committee holds hearings on HB154
Andy Chow

Senate Republicans have made several big changes to a bill, HB154, that would have repealed and replaced the process used to takeover failing schools. 

Andy Chow

The Lorain City School Board of Education and the district's state-appointed CEO, David Hardy, are locked in a legal battle. State lawmakers say this emphasizes the need for the legislature to overhual academic distress commissions. 

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A national advocacy group is calling on lawmakers to prioritize the specific needs and challenges of students and education leaders of color as possible changes to the school takeover process are considered.

Group of opponents to Academic Distress Commissions gathers at the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow

People opposed to state takeovers of local school districts are making a last-minute push to get rid of academic distress commissions through the budget bill.

Dan Konik

Dozens of people lined up to voice their opposition to state takeovers of local school districts through the so-called Academic Distress Commission. The Ohio Senate is considering legislation that could repeal and replace the system that has been in place since 2015. 

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The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already taken over three districts, would be replaced with a different model. 

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Lawmakers are looking over several different bills that would revise the way the state handles school districts in academic distress. There seems to be a consensus that changes are needed, but there seems to be a debate on exactly how to go about it.

Andy Chow

Democrats state lawmakers are using these last few weeks of session to try and eliminate school district takeovers by the state. This process has allowed the state to assign a CEO to take control of an academically failing district.