House Bill 70 supporters rally in Youngstown

Family Empower supports House Bill 70

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There has been plenty of opposition to House Bill 70, or the Youngstown Plan, but a small group of people gathered in a meeting room at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Monday to show their support of the state takeover of Youngstown City Schools.

“The board simply has not moved and has not done the things that it needs to do so you need a czar, really. A CEO is mild,” Jimma McWilson of the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Empowerment Student Achievement Institute said.

He and Carole McWilson co-founded the organization, which is aimed at creating a successful home, school and community partnership. They both said the Youngstown City School Board has failed.

“They have proved that they cannot do this. They have not done it and they have worked hard for this result and now they got this result and it’s time,” Carole McWilson said.

Youngstown Board of Education member Jackie Adair said there is enough blame to go around.

Jimma McWilson said the group wants whoever is appointed as CEO to have a record of success when it comes to bettering children’s education.

“The children should be the primary focus and the primary focus should be on educational excellence for the children, not the system. The system is broken, it needs to be corrected. It needs to be fixed,” Jimma McWilson said.

And although not everyone in Youngstown agrees with how it’s happening, they know change is necessary.

“Our children are dying on the vine, have been OK academically, and so something had to be done,” Adair said.

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