COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 23 in a legal fight over the state law that shifted operational control of poor-performing school districts from locally elected boards to unelected CEOs.

The Youngstown school board and school employees' unions argue the law violates the Ohio Constitution. They also say lawmakers violated a procedural rule when the divisive House Bill 70 was pushed through the Legislature in 2015.

The state denies those arguments and says the law should stand.

Youngstown was the first school district affected. Its board asked the high court to consider the case after an appeals court sided with the state. Two other Northeast Ohio districts, East Cleveland and Lorain, are also under state control. 

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Meanwhile, lawmakers have been considering proposals to change or undo the law on so-called "state takeovers" of troubled districts.

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