Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after a Franklin County Common Pleas Judge denied a motion for an injunction to block the so-called Youngstown Plan from taking affect this week:   

“It is disappointing the judge did not grant the request to stop the CEO takeover of Youngstown schools until a trial determines whether it violates the state constitution.  There are serious legal issues at stake here, including the right of Ohioans to testify in public hearings on important pieces of legislation.  The citizens of this state were denied that opportunity when the so-called Youngstown Plan was drawn up behind closed doors and added to House Bill 70 at the last minute.  I am hopeful that the school district’s arguments will prevail at trial.

“In the meantime, I am committed to making the plan better and more responsive to the wishes of the community while the legal process plays out.  I will introduce legislation in the very near future that is based on suggestions from more than 20 meetings I held this summer with Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan and members of the community. There’s no question that Youngstown schools must improve, but it should be a community-based plan not something written in secret.  I will urge the Senate Education Committee and Chairwoman Lehner to hold immediate hearings on the bill upon its introduction.”

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