Statement from State Representative Joe Miller on Lorain City Schools

Amherst, OH – Today, Rep. Joe Miller released the following statement regarding the developments with the Lorain City Schools Academic Distress Commission:

“Over the past 18 months, the Lorain City Schools district has become a poster child for the unintended consequences of misguided legislation, in this case, HB-70. This bill has led to the appointment of a rogue CEO, who has shown that he has no interest in winning over the trust of the community he is paid to serve. To put it plainly, his attitude toward the community and educators is wholly disqualifying.

One week ago, I signed onto a petition from Lorain City Schools Board President, Mark Ballard’s letter calling for the appointment of Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer to the Academic Distress Commission. I have encouraged frustrated residents to sign on as well because I know that Chase will bring to the decision-making table a voice that is experienced, trusted and local.

As of last night, over 600 residents of Lorain County have signed onto this letter, and the number continues to rise.

As an educator, I have experienced the struggles of teaching in under-resourced classrooms where students arrive with issues and problems that deter them from engaging in the learning process. And I also know that the approach the CEO is taking towards teachers and students in Lorain is having an adverse effect on improving morale, test scores and does little to address the root causes of why Lorain is struggling in the first place.”

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Zach Stepp