Kasich defends decision to appoint CEO to run Youngstown schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Only one month remains before a state rescue plan starts for the Youngstown City Schools.

The Youngstown Board of Education sued the state two weeks ago, saying the plan violated the state Constitution and was enacted illegally.

Governor Kasich has heard about the lawsuit to stop the Youngstown plan, and said he can’t he can’t believe the state has to defend its actions for trying to save the school district.

“People ought to be outraged when kids are trapped in failing schools. It is a disgrace,” Kasich said. “What do they want to do? Do they want kids to fail?”

Governor Kasich believes nothing has worked in getting the kids a proper education or preparing them for their future.

The board of education wants to stop a CEO from being appointed to lead the schools this fall. The governor feels now is the perfect time to step in and provide help.

“Those schools over there have failed for nine straight years. We couldn’t wait any longer. Those kids were being left behind. One percent of those graduates were college ready,” Kasich said.

Last year, the city had more students in schools outside city limits than inside them. The governor believes that’s starting to change and it shows there are believers in the Youngstown Schools and the new plan.

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