Federal Court strikes down territory transfer law affecting Stark County battle

(Plain Township, Ohio) – Federal court sikes down a recently enacted territory transfer law that made it easier for residents in Ohio to switch their home school district.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled that a section in the Ohio Revised Code known as the ‘fast-track statute,’ violates the Ohio Constitution’s one-subject rule. The statute permitted residents in townships that share one or more school districts to place issues on local ballots that, if approved, would have allowed them to permanently transfer their residents to another district within the township.

It took effect in October of last year. In Plain Township the district filed a lawsuit against DeWine, 19 state board of education members, the ODE superintendent, and others.

Hills and Dales, a wealthy community within the district began transferring students to nearby Jackson Local Schools and Plain Local estimated transfers would have led to a loss of more than $600,000. MM ONN CANTON

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