Ohio state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today voted against the final version of Ohio’s biennial budget, House Bill (HB) 166 because the Republicans who control state government placed the interests of wealthy Ohioans and corporations ahead of the state’s working families, shortchanged public education and local governments, and refused to repeal HB 70, which is also known as the “Youngstown Plan.” 


“HB 166 is a slap in the face to the thousands of students in Youngstown, Lorain, and East Cleveland who are trapped in schools controlled by autocratic, unaccountable CEOs and academic distress commissions (ADCs) that have been established under the provisions of HB 70,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “The Republicans know the Youngstown Plan is a farce and failure. That’s why the budget contains a moratorium on the establishment of new ADCs. But that moratorium does nothing to help the students, parents, teachers, and communities who have been struggling to cope with the impact of former Governor John Kasich’s scheme to undermine public education.”


Rep. Lepore-Hagan said Republican leaders could have set these districts free and reinstituted local control by including the provisions of HB 154 in the budget. That legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 83-12 in May, was included in the House version of the two-year spending plan. It was stripped out by the Republicans who controlled the Conference Committee that produced the final version of the budget.


Rep. Lepore-Hagan also opposed Republican-backed provisions that will:



  • Roll back charter school oversight;

  • Increase funding for controversial Ed Choice vouchers that hurt Ohio’s public schools;

  • Provide additional funds for so-called crisis pregnancy centers.


The bill now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

 
 
 
  
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