November 26, 2020

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Cleveland schools set to receive $13.7 million in school funding dispute

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland is one of three districts that recently won $42 million in...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland is one of three districts that recently won $42 million in a case against the Ohio’s Department of Education disputing school funding.



an office with a desk and chair in a room: Three Ohio school districts are set to receive $42 million in restitution in a case over school funding.


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Three Ohio school districts are set to receive $42 million in restitution in a case over school funding.

Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo schools claimed the state improperly distributed funding in fiscal years 2005-2007, failing to properly add funding for each community school student, including those who enrolled mid-year, according to a district press release.

Read the full ruling in the document viewer at the bottom of this post, or click here.

The ruling was issued in Franklin County Common Pleas Court by Judge Gina Russo. Cleveland is set to receive more than $13.7 in restitution.

The Department of Education does not yet have a comment on the ruling or whether the state plans to appeal, a spokeswoman wrote in an email on Thursday.

“Our students who lost educational opportunities because of the Ohio Department of Education’s wrongdoing are likely long gone from our district,” Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon said in the release. “But the funding that flows from the court’s decision will provide an opportunity for students filling their seats today. We take comfort in knowing that our current children, parents, and teaching community will be the beneficiaries of the money awarded by the court.”

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