School Choice & Charters A State Capitals Roundup

Anti-Charter Group Seeks Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

By Robert C. Johnston — October 19, 2004 1 min read

A coalition of Ohio parents, teachers, and others has filed a motion asking the Ohio Supreme Court to take up its case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s charter school program.

The Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers has asked the high court to review the Aug. 24 ruling by an appeals court that reinstated portions of the coalition’s original lawsuit and sent it back to Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The appeals court, however, rejected the group’s key contention that charter schools aren’t part of the system of common schools required by the state constitution.

Don Mooney, the lawyer representing the coalition, said the court has up to 90 days to decide whether to take the case. “We would like to bring this to a head,” he said. “Obviously, this is the kind of case that the supreme court will likely have to hear.”

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