State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) successfully amended the Education MBR bill (SB 316) in committee today. The amendment will require all public and charter schools to provide parents with the school's most updated report card during the initial application process. This amendment stemmed from legislation Senator Schiavoni previously sponsored, Senate Bill 175, which prohibited students from transferring from a quality public school to a lower rated charter school. He believes that this amendment will help achieve the overall goal of that bill. "This notification requirement will make sure parents understand the quality of the school that they are selecting for their child," said Senator Schiavoni. "A lot of times parents are sold on everything but the quality of education at a particular school. This amendment will help add transparency to that decision making process." A second amendment offered by Senator Schiavoni in committee would have upheld teacher's collective bargaining rights when it came to their evaluations, a right removed in SB 316. That amendment was tabled on a party line vote.
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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Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich rescinded an executive order that granted collective bargaining rights to home healthcare and childcare providers: 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.