A Columbus church has appealed the Ohio Department of Education decision that churches can not sponsor charter schools in the state of Ohio. Some time ago, the Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal by Brookwood Presbyterian Church.
Brookwood Presbyterian Church runs an educational program for 64 students with autism and other special needs, but as a church, it is disqualified from sponsoring charter schools, the Ohio Department of Education says.
But Brookwood, an East Side church that has housed the Brookwood Community Learning Center since its founding in 2002, says the state’s conclusion amounts to religious discrimination. The church is contesting the state’s decision in the Ohio Supreme Court.