Ohio Democrats offer changes to Youngstown schools plan

Ohio Democrats offer changes to Youngstown schools plan

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Two Democrats critical of a state law that allows an appointed CEO to take over the Youngstown City Schools are announcing legislation they say incorporates recommendations from the community to help improve the district's poor performance ratings.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (shuh-VOHN'-ee) of Boardman and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown plan to discuss their proposal at a news conference Friday morning in Youngstown.

The law turns over control of the academically distressed district to an appointed chief executive officer with sweeping management, operational and educational powers.

The plan was kept secret from the public until it was pushed through both chambers of the state Legislature on a single day. It drew immediate criticism from many in Youngstown, including the two lawmakers who are sponsoring the legislation.

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