COLUMBUS – December 2, 2015 – The Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas today issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing Brenda Kimble, Youngstown Board of Education President, from appointing a relative, Carol Staten, to the Academic Distress Commission. The Ohio Education Association (OEA) and its affiliate, the Youngstown Education Association (YEA), sought the TRO because Staten is not currently a teacher in the Youngstown City School District.
OEA and YEA argued that Staten’s appointment violates state law that says one member appointed by the president of the Youngstown Board of Education shall be a teacher employed by the district.
“We are pleased that Judge Lou D’Apolito found merit in our complaint and agreed to stop the effort to deny Youngstown educators a chance to advocate for their students and improve the Youngstown City Schools,” said OEA president Becky Higgins. “We are committed to making sure that teachers are heard and can serve on this Commission as provided for under Ohio law.”
A hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for December 14, 2015.
The Ohio Education Association represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio’s public schools, colleges and universities.
The Ohio Education Association (ohea.org) represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio’s public schools, colleges and universities.