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According to its Facebook and Twitter, the OCMC’s Education, Public Institutions, and Local Government Committee voted to leave the language in the Ohio Constitution requiring a “thorough and efficient system of public education” intact.  The vote occurred at a committee meeting today. The Committee considered removing this wording because, as proponents argued, it provides an “in” for Ohio courts to evaluate public school operating and funding.  Proponents felt these matters should be left to the legislature.  They pointed to   DeRolph v. State, which found Ohio’s school funding scheme unconstitutional, as an example of improper “judicial legislation”.  School boards and education advocates disagreed and protested the removal of the wording.  See Ohio’s Public School Mandate Debated.

See Columbus Dispatch Thorough and efficient’ language on funding schools to stay in Ohio Constitution

See our prior posts:

Remove Wording Requiring Thorough and Efficient System of Public Education from Ohio Constitution?

Don’t Remove the Wording “Thorough and Efficient System of Public Education”, Says Justice Pfeifer to Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission

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