Public schools forum for northeast Ohio to be held in Boardman

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Public schools are sounding an alarm over legislation that could take more public dollars away from districts.

That's why parents and taxpayers from across northeast Ohio are being invited to a meeting on Monday, May 7th at Boardman High School.

Ron Iarucci, Superintendent Mahoning County Educational Service Center, says school vouchers, charter schools and open enrollment have led to hundreds of thousands of dollars going out of Ohio public schools to private for profit and non-profit schools. That plus an unconstitutional method of funding schools in Ohio has led to public school districts going back to taxpayers for levies to fund schools.

Iarussi says parents and people in the community need to know public school system funding is under attack. He explains more and more money is being deducted from public schools so they must go back to the public and ask for more money. Iarucci says when a district has less money it is forced to make cuts and that leads to fewer academic programs in public schools for students.

Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca says there are continual attempts by some lawmakers to further erode funding for public education. He cites legislation that would have expanded the voucher program from schools in academic distress to schools like his who have achieved academic excellence. Colaluca says we're trying to gather as many community members, administrators, board members, and lawmakers to put a stand on where we feel public dollars should go, and that is to public education.

Canfield and Boardman have posted an invitation to parents and taxpayers on their web sites. Austintown sent out a message, but all parents and taxpayers in northeastern Ohio are invited to the meeting on Monday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Boardman High School Auditorium. It's located at 7777 Glenwood Avenue, Boardman, OH 44512.

Guest speakers include former Governor Ted Strickland, a panel of educators, and lawmakers. The event is organized by the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

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