COLUMBUS- State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill (SB) 89, which incorporated an amendment to dissolve Academic Distress Commissions, including in East Cleveland City Schools. It passed the Ohio House Wednesday.

“Last night, I voted on the House floor in favor of an amendment that would grandfather in students who currently use school vouchers, including future school-aged siblings, move a school building performance-based system to an income-based system and restore local control to the three school districts that have been taken over by the state.

“Public education is the backbone of this nation’s future economy and our shared democracy. I believe that every Ohio child can change the world—removing our investment in them would jeopardize every Ohio community.”

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