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Ohio's community schools successfully defend against constitutional challenge to Ohio's community school law

Clients Ohio's community schools

Before the Ohio Supreme Court, Jones Day successfully represented nearly 100 Ohio community schools (charter schools) against a state constitutional challenge to Ohio's community school law filed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers. On October 25, 2006, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected all of the plaintiffs' constitutional challenges to Ohio's community school law, including their arguments that community schools (1) are not part of the "common system" of public education, (2) render the public school system less than "thorough and efficient," (3) take local property taxes from traditional school districts, and (4) may not be supported by the state due to the fact that the schools are operated by private individuals. A victory for the plaintiffs would have resulted in the closing of all of Ohio's 305 charter schools, displacing their 72,000 students and 3,900 teachers.

A link to Supreme Court's write up of the decision is available at:

http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Communications_Office/summaries/2006/1025/041668.asp

Media coverage link:

http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/10/26/20061026-A1-01.html

State ex rel. Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers v. State Bd. of Edn., 2006-Ohio-5512 (Oct. 25, 2006)

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