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via news5:

An Ohio education coalition is speaking out against state school takeovers after seeing News 5’s reporting on East Cleveland’s school district.

“These school districts need additional services as opposed to a change in governance,” said William Phillis, the executive director of Ohio’s Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding.

In a district where challenges outside the classroom play significant roles in it, Phillis said, in his opinion, it’s not new state appointed leaders

East Cleveland is the poorest community in the state of Ohio, the fourth poorest in the country.

“Children living in poverty don’t need a change in governance. They need services. Health and human services. They need additional education services. Smaller class sizes. Tutors. Food services,” he explained.

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