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Lorain unions join teachers for rally against House Bill 70

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Members of several unions rallied Saturday morning alongside the Lorain Schools teachers union against House Bill 70, a state law they said strips local control over the city’s schools and attempts to promote for-profit charter schooling at the expense of students and unions.

Those in attendance expressed support for Lorain Education Association membership, which has been vocal in opposition to the law and what it means for Lorain Schools.

Joined at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Oberlin Avenue by representatives of the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and United Automobile Workers, Lorain Education Association President Jay Pickering said “any district with low income is at risk right now” due to HB 70.

As schools are underperforming, the state is “ripping off the taxpayers, and it has to stop,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Timothy Burga, who said he came from Columbus to lend his support to the teachers union.

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