Ruling Clears Upper Arlington In Discrimination Claim

Tree of Life Christian Schools has been trying since 2009 to consolidate its schools in an office complex in Upper Arlington.(Photo: City of Upper Arlington)
Tree of Life Christian Schools has been trying since 2009 to consolidate its schools in an office complex in Upper Arlington.(Photo: City of Upper Arlington)

A federal judge has ruled that Upper Arlington didn’t discriminate in blocking a Christian school that is trying to move to a large office complex in the city.

U.S. District Judge George C. Smith concluded the ordinance that allows exclusive zoning in certain areas of the city does not treat religious schools differently from other schools.

Tree of Life Christian Schools has been trying since 2009 to consolidate its schools in an office complex in Upper Arlington.

City officials turned down the request, and Tree of Life sued in federal court. The area is zoned to beef up the city’s tax base, and schools are not a permitted use.

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