While Senate Hears Legislation to Change Law Allowing State Takeovers of Failing School Districts, Ohio Supreme Court Takes Up The Case

The Senate Education Committee has been considering House Bill 154 (HB 154) for several months. The bill would eliminate all current academic distress commissions and repeal the law, prohibiting the formation of new ones. The purpose of academic distress commissions is to take over chronically failing school districts. The commissions were created by House Bill 70 (HB 70), the constitutionality of which is currently under consideration by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Gov. DeWine Questioning Plan to Replace Academic Distress Commissions, Says He May Not Support

Governor Mike DeWine has announced he may not support House Bill 154, legislation pending in the Senate Education Committee that eliminates the Academic Distress Commissions. It passed the House May 1st and was rolled into the House version of the budget a week later. The Senate removed the provision and passed the budget without it.

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