The sale of an unused school building in Fort Wayne has been blocked because Indiana law gives charter schools first dibs on vacant property. Now the issue is headed to court. From The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority wanted to acquire Pleasant Center, and school officials were set to transfer the property to the airport. As the proposal was being reviewed, the General Assembly passed a law that requires public school corporations to make vacant buildings available to charter schools for lease or purchase for $1.
After the district and the airport agreed to move forward with the plan, but before the property could be turned over, the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association sued on behalf of the Timothy L. Johnson Academy, seeking to stop the property transfer.