Attorney General Enters School Funding Fight In Ohio

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, March 7, 2003 - 06:55 PM
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Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro wants to stop a Perry County judge from deciding whether the state has complied with an order to change the way it funds public schools. Petro filed a two-part request today with the Ohio Supreme Court. Petro wants the court to rule that Perry County common pleas judge Linten Lewis lacks jurisdiction to hear a request filed by a coalition of school districts. He also asks that the court stop Lewis from acting until it rules on the motion. The coalition wants Lewis to determine if the state is complying with an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found the school funding system unconstitutional because it relies too heavily on local property taxes. Petro also argues that since the Supreme Court ended its jurisdiction in the case in December, that the litigation is over. Coalition director William Phillis says that since the Supreme Court ended its jurisdiction, the case goes back to the trial judge – Lewis.

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