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Gov Kasich’s budget bill may replace TPS board members

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo school board members are fighting back against the state budget, in an attempt to save their jobs.

Toledo is one of the school districts under investigation for scrubbing – allegedly dropping truant students from attendance records, and then later re-enrolling them.

As a result, a supplement was added to Governor John Kasich's budget bill, House Bill 59.

TPS board members say it would allow the governor to select up to three replacements on the school board where a district may have been involved in scrubbing. The mayor would get to replace two.

The bill has passed in the House, and goes to the Senate next.

Last night, the Toledo school board unanimously passed a resolution that opposes the plan. They say it's not fair, and that the Ohio legislature should instead follow the processes that already exist in state law.

Board member Lisa Sobecki says it would take rights away from the voters who elected them.

"It's an unbalanced, ridiculous piece of legislation," she said. "I just wish our legislators would spend more time looking at productive legislation instead of these types of things that happen in bills when they come along."

The scrubbing investigation is still in progress, and Sobecki says lawmakers shouldn't do anything until all the facts are in.

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