Fedor Disappointed by Restoration of School Takeover Language in State Budget
June 19, 2019
The Republican-led Ohio Senate Finance Committee today voted to advance the state’s two-year operating budget. The latest budget draft contains sweeping policy changes to K-12 education, including the restoration of controversial school takeovers. State Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) expressed her deep concern with the changes and called for the final version of the budget to include language addressing this flawed system.
“Right now, there are children in three Ohio school districts whose academic futures are in jeopardy because of school takeovers,” said Fedor. “Lawmakers, educators and families widely recognize that we need a different, community-centered approach to help struggling school districts. The longer we wait to implement a solution, the more children we leave behind.”
The House-passed version of the budget included the language of House Bill 154, a bipartisan school takeover fix. This proposal makes whole the Youngstown, East Cleveland and Lorain school districts, which are already under state control. It also provides a plan to assist other struggling school districts.
“It is time to reverse this state overreach,” said Fedor. “Senate Republicans have removed a critical part of our state budget and we’re running out of time to do the right thing. Without a provision ending school takeovers, I am not sure this budget will garner my vote.”
It is anticipated that the full Senate will vote on the state’s budget bill Thursday. Senate and House members will then meet to negotiate a final version of the bill by June 30.