Columbus—Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the board for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) voted to convert the troubled online school into a "dropout recovery" school effective immediately:

"If the state allows ECOT to become a dropout recovery school, they will get exactly what they want: your tax dollars with fewer strings attached. Through their lawsuits and failure to track attendance, the leaders of ECOT have made it clear they're not interested in improving students' education. Now they're asking us to trust them with children who need even more attention and support. This proposed change would have very real consequences for thousands of struggling students. 
"ECOT also continues to harm their remaining teachers, voting this week to raise healthcare costs for staff. Their blatant efforts to prioritize money over people should not be rewarded."

Featured Posts

Senate Democrats Lauch Statewide Tour Of Ohio Schools


COLUMBUS - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have launched a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio.


Senator Schiavoni Comments On Governor's Decision To Strip Worker's Collective Bargaining Rights


Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich rescinded an executive order that granted collective bargaining rights to home healthcare and childcare providers: 


Leader Schiavoni Honors Local Heroes With Memorial Highway


Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has worked over the last few months to pass legislation that would dedicate a portion of I-80 in Austintown in honor of two local Vietnam Veterans as the "Marine Sergeant James Prommersberger and Army Second Lieutenant Charles W. Brown Memorial Highway". This summer, these efforts will become a reality. 


Senate And House Democrats Call On Governor To Halt Closure Of State Developmental Centers


Columbus –State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard), State Representative Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) and State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) sent a letter to Governor Kasich this week urging him to postpone the transfer of residents from the Youngstown and Montgomery Development Centers.  The four Mahoning Valley legislators have sponsored legislation to establish a State Facilities Closure Review Commission to determine if the facilities should remain open.