- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s governor has signed into law a plan that would place a CEO in charge of running Youngstown’s beleaguered city schools.

Legislation that Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) signed Thursday allows the state superintendent to appoint three of five members of a new academic distress commission for the district. The commission would then pick a CEO to have full reign of the schools.

The chief executive will have the authority to replace school administrators, determine class sizes and curriculum, replace teachers and set compensation.

Democrats criticize the plan, saying it was hastily pushed through and will change the face of the city’s schools.

GOP Sen. Peggy Lehner has said the continued failure in Youngstown schools led to a sense of urgency to pass the legislation.

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