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Valley leaders schedule public forum for Youngstown schools

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Local leaders have invited Youngstown residents to attend a public forum next Monday and discuss how House Bill 70 affects the city's schools.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni, State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan, and Youngstown Mayor John McNally will host the meeting and address questions and concerns from the community.

Sen. Schiavoni says that the meeting will aim to go through the details of how HB 70 was drafted, help people understand the legislation as it was passed, and allow people to have input on further action.

Schiavoni also said that next week's forum is an initial one.  He plans on having additional meetings in the future.

The forum is scheduled to begin at noon on July 13th.  It will be held at the William Holmes McGuffey Elementary School at 310 South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown.

House Bill 70, the meeting's focus, establishes a new academic distress commission that would be led by a CEO and comprised of a five member community board to oversee the district.

Sen. Schiavoni says that although he does not think the legislation can be reversed, he is interested in trying to make changes to it.  He also says that members from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in helping change part of the plan.

The bill has not yet been placed on the Governor's desk.  He will have 10 days to sign it when the legislation arrives.  

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