Ohio Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Constitutional

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled that publicly funded, privately operated charters schools don’t violate the Ohio Constitution.

The decision is a blow to citizen groups, teachers’ unions, education associations and school boards, which had teamed up in a challenge against the alternative schools.

In a 4-to-3 ruling, the court has upheld the state Legislature’s ability to create and give money to schools, even ones not subject to the same rules as traditional public schools.

The majority compares charter schools to other “new educational movements” that faced opposition early on but eventually won support.

But the dissenters say the act allowing for charter schools has created an unconstitutional “hodgepodge.”