By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Factions are expected to clash as the state school board meets for the first time since lawmakers, teachers’ unions and others have called for an independent investigation into the Ohio Department of Education.

There have been calls for Superintendent Richard Ross to hire an outside firm to review two issues. One of those issues involves recently discovered omissions from charter school sponsor evaluations. The other is development of the so-called Youngstown Plan that allowed a CEO to take over operations of that’s city’s schools.

Backers say an outside probe is necessary to assure Ross has been straightforward with the board that is charged with hiring and firing him and to see that all state laws and rules were followed.

The board meets Tuesday morning.

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