State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today responded to the Ohio Supreme Court announcement that it will hear the Youngstown Board of Education’s appeal against House Bill (HB) 70. This hearing will be the latest chapter in an ongoing legal battle brought forth by the Board since HB 70 became law in July 2015.

“The Constitution of the United States and Ohio both espouse the principle that in our democracy, we are governed by elected representatives,” said Ramos. “By taking away power of the elected school boards and giving it to appointed boards, with no oversight by the people, through elections, House Bill 70 flies in the face of that constitutional intent. I'm glad the Ohio Supreme Court is looking into the constitutionality of this legislation. I opposed it when it passed, and oppose it today. Our schools should be governed by the board elected by the people. That is how democracies are supposed to work.”

“If we really want to improve our schools, we must get serious about fixing Ohio’s funding formula, not continuing to allow state takeovers of local districts. Even if it was constitutional, House Bill 70 failed at improving the schools in Youngstown and Lorain.”

Like in Youngstown, the Lorain City School District, which serves more than 6,500 students, fell to state control in August 2015.

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