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GOP-backed Ohio education overhaul notches key win in ongoing lawsuit

A Republican-backed overhaul of Ohio’s public education system can continue operating as a lawsuit claiming it violates the state constitution makes its way through the courts, a county magistrate ruled Friday.

Indefinitely stalling the conversion of the Ohio Department of Education to the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, which would shift educational oversight from a mostly citizen-elected state school board to the governor, would cause broader harm than letting it be implemented, Magistrate Jennifer Hunt, of the Franklin Common Pleas Court, said in a decision obtained by The Associated Press.

A county judge signed off on Hunt’s ruling later Friday afternoon, allowing it to officially go forward.

A trial assignment hearing is scheduled for next September.

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