Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued a statement following the Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the constitutionality of legislation passed in 2015 that created the state’s controversial academic distress commissions:
“I am extremely disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling today. Academic Distress Commissions have failed our children, proving to be ineffective, undemocratic power grabs that seek to empower private, special interests at the expense of our children’s education.
“There is little to no local consideration or input as decisions are made that impact a community’s ability to give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed. Moreover, let us not forget that this system came from an amendment to an otherwise good bill that was slipped in during the eleventh hour without public input and thorough vetting. What we really ruled on today is how much input private citizens are allowed to have in the systems that directly impact them.”