Ohio High Court Hears Case on School ‘Takeovers’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments in a legal fight over how the state intervenes in repeatedly poor-performing school districts.

At issue is a state law that shifted operational control of such districts from locally elected boards to unelected CEOs.

The Youngstown school board and school employees’ unions argued Wednesday that the law on so-called state takeovers violates the Ohio Constitution. They also say lawmakers violated a procedural rule when the divisive House Bill 70 was pushed through the Legislature quickly in 2015.

The state denies that and defends the law. It says the measure was given the necessary consideration in the legislative process.

As the legal case proceeded, lawmakers this year have been considering proposals to change the law. They have yet to agree on a plan.