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The Ohio Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a lawsuit over the expansion of the state’s taxpayer paid private school voucher program, saying a law that changed the program made the suit pointless.

A controversial rule backed by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and meant to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid to K-12 private school students, has been shut down, at least temporarily.

The U.S. Education Department announced Wednesday that the rule is no longer in effect after a federal judge determined that the department had not only "acted beyond its authority" but misinterpreted the will of Congress.

Tera Myers, school choice advocate from Mansfield, Ohio speaks at the RNC on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
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The third night of the Republican National Convention focused on President Donald Trump's stance on several issues including law enforcement, abortion and veterans for the theme "Land of Heroes." The lineup of speakers included Tera Myers, a school choice advocate from Mansfield whose son benefited from a voucher program.

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Ohio’s public schools are paid by the state to transport students who attend private, charter or community schools. But during the pandemic, some public school districts are not even transporting their own students. 

The NAACP has become the latest organization to sue the Education Department over the distribution of more than $13 billion in federal aid intended for K-12 schools.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has carved out a major exception to the nation's fair employment laws. In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled on Wednesday that the country's civil rights laws barring discrimination on the job do not apply to most lay teachers at religious elementary schools.

In a new rule announced Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled she is standing firm on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. The CARES Act rescue package included more than $13 billion to help public schools cover pandemic-related costs.

Congressional Democrats have accused U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of trying to reroute hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. The coronavirus rescue package, known as the CARES Act, included more than $13 billion to help public schools cover pandemic-related costs.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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In an overwhelming show of bipartisan unity, the Ohio Senate on Wednesday morning unanimously passed a bill making a lot of changes in state law. The Ohio House then joined in a few hours later, approving the bill 91-0, though legislators stress the changes are only temporary. 

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
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Lawmakers and school leaders would normally have Presidents Day off, but instead they spent it at the Ohio Statehouse, as testimony on changes to the EdChoice private school voucher program went on. Most of the witnesses were firmly in one of two camps: public schools or parochial schools.

Saddia Kendrick, an eighth grader at Corryville Catholic in Cincinnati, says her family couldn't afford her school without EdChoice vouchers.
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As conference committee hearings continue on a bill to change the state’s EdChoice private school voucher program, parents and students who depend on the program came out in support of the Senate version.

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Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.
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Parents waiting to learn if their child will qualify for vouchers to help cover the cost of private school are caught in limbo.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate rejected a House plan that would replace performance-based EdChoice vouchers with income-based vouchers. The Senate plan would keep 420 schools on EdChoice, while expanding income-based vouchers to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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Ohio Democratic lawmakers are pushing for legislation that phases-out the EdChoice private school voucher program, which is based on public school performance. Legislators say the bipartisan House plan, SB89, puts the focus back on making sure the public school system is fair and efficient.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (left) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (right)
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The Ohio Senate has rejected a House plan to replace the state’s private school voucher system. That means there’s now a dual front in the battle over the rapidly-expanding EdChoice program, with two conference committees dealing with two versions of a fix.

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Ohio's major school associations are backing the House plan to phase out the state's private school voucher program.

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