Lepore-Hagan Introduces Community Involvement In Education Act
Community-based legislation crafted in response to CEO takeover plan

Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today introduced legislation to strengthen the Youngstown City Schools by using a community-based approach to make improvements to the so-called Youngstown Plan. 

“We are not in favor of the top-down CEO takeover of the Youngstown City Schools, but, at the end of the day, what matters most is that our children have the best chance to succeed,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “After hearing from parents, teachers and local leaders, we believe this is a realistic approach that will hold the soon-to-be implemented CEO more accountable and give our community an opportunity to be involved in the education of our children.” 

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni and Rep. Lepore-Hagan held more than 20 meetings throughout the summer to gather public input from the Youngstown community.

Highlights of the proposed legislation include increasing the size of the stress commission, which would allow for greater community representation, requiring the CEO to implement the Community Learning Center (CLC) model in at least one building and increasing transparency by opening meetings to the public and requiring any improvement or closure plans to be presented during a public hearing.

 The bill would also replace “Community Stakeholder Groups” with “School Action Teams,” delay CEO action by one year to allow schools and teachers time to prepare for changes and revise criteria for grading schools transitioning out of Academic Distress. In addition, the plan also removes the CEO’s ability to modify or alter collective bargaining. 

“Youngstown has the highest concentration of poverty in Ohio,” Lepore-Hagan added. “The CLC model, which was the original intent of HB 70, improves communities by offering wrap-around services, including healthcare, dental care, mental health services and tutoring programs to those in our community facing tremendous economic and social barriers.” 

Senator Schiavoni also introduced a companion version of the bill in the Senate earlier in the day. 

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