Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in town to stand w - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in town to stand with labor leaders

Posted: Updated:
BOARDMAN, Ohio -

A large amount of taxpayer dollars that went to ECOT instead of public schools around Ohio has caught the attention of Betty Sutton, a candidate for Ohio's Lieutenant Governor.

$591-million went to ECOT instead of school districts in Ohio, including $24-million that was meant for schools in the Mahoning Valley.

Sutton questions why those already in office are not doing more to protect public schools.

In a one-on-one interview with 21 News, Sutton says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, and the scandal it's left behind is another example of a for-profit charter school not putting children and education first.

"A billion dollars shifted away for the traditional public schools for this ECOT School that Mike DeWine and Jon Husted turned a blind eye to as millions of dollars went missing," Sutton said.

Sutton says along with Democratic candidate for governor Richard Cordray they plan to find a way to fix Ohio's decades-old school funding problem.

While in town, labor leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Sutton at the Iron Workers Local 207 hall on Bev Road in Boardman holding a news conference to show their support for the Cordray/Sutton ticket.

The Western Reserve Building Trades endorsed Democrats Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton for the governor's office.

Sutton traveled to town wanting her main focus to be on why opponent Mike DeWine is dodging questions on the "right to work" issue that she says would unfairly strip away rights that protect workers.

"Mike DeWine completely dodged the question on right to work.  He gave a sort of a non-answer.  He didn't commit either way.  He said it wasn't on his agenda.  Which is exactly the kind of thing that other governors said when they were candidates, and then what they did when they got into office was support those right to work laws that undercut workers," Sutton told 21 News.

Republican candidate Mike DeWine's camp responds by saying right to work is not a part of his campaign or his administration's agenda.  And as far as ECOT, DeWine's campaign says, 

"Mike DeWine is the only candidate for governor who has done anything to hold ECOT accountable.  Mike DeWine's special counsel has spent the last two years in court fighting to impose accountability on ECOT.  ECOT has tried to throw legal roadblocks at every turn, but he has won every single time."

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Police: 'Empire' actor staged attack to 'promote his career'

    Police: 'Empire' actor staged attack to 'promote his career'

    Thursday, February 21 2019 11:44 AM EST2019-02-21 16:44:49 GMT
    (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police r...(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police r...
    (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police r...(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police r...
    'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett goes from victim to accused felon in less than a month.More >>
    'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett goes from victim to accused felon in less than a month.More >>
  • Ohio Governor's administration proposes gas tax increase

    Ohio Governor's administration proposes gas tax increase

    Thursday, February 21 2019 10:56 AM EST2019-02-21 15:56:27 GMT

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration has recommended increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to maintain roads and bridges. 

    More >>

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration has recommended increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to maintain roads and bridges. 

    More >>
  • I-79 open again after truck rolls over in Mercer County

    I-79 open again after truck rolls over in Mercer County

    Thursday, February 21 2019 10:30 AM EST2019-02-21 15:30:51 GMT
    PennDOT says Interstate 79 is open again after a tractor-trailer rolled over onInterstate 79 in Mercer County. Callers to 911 told dispatchers that the truck crashed between the Interstate 80 and Route 62 interchanges at around 8:40 am Thursday in Jackson Township. Both northbound lanes were closed until 9:30 am when one lane could be opened. Both lanes opened about a half hour later. Some fuel was leaking. The driver was out of the cab being checked out by EMT's. There is no wor...More >>
    PennDOT says Interstate 79 is open again after a tractor-trailer rolled over onInterstate 79 in Mercer County. Callers to 911 told dispatchers that the truck crashed between the Interstate 80 and Route 62 interchanges at around 8:40 am Thursday in Jackson Township. Both northbound lanes were closed until 9:30 am when one lane could be opened. Both lanes opened about a half hour later. Some fuel was leaking. The driver was out of the cab being checked out by EMT's. There is no wor...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms