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Indiana: W. Lafayette Public Schools Sues the State for Taking Their Property and Giving It to Charter Industry for $1

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 Rocky Killion is suing the state of Indiana for permitting an “unconstitutional land grab.” The legislature passed a law in 2011 declaring that any unused schools must be sold to charter operators for $1. Rocky Killion says this is wrong. The schools were paid for by the taxpayers, and they belong to the district, not to charter operators. Killion-- superintendent of the West Lafayette, Indiana, public school district,  is a fighter for public schools. A few years ago, he helped to launch an outstanding film about the extremist assault on the public schools by privatizers; it is called 'Rise Above the Mark', and it showcases the good work done in Indiana's public schools.'

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The City of Hobart discovered this law when they built a new school because the old school was all but falling down. Not only would they have had to sell the old school to a charter for $1, but they would have been on the hook to fix up the old school too, which is why they built the new school in the first place. They tore down the old school in a hurry.

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This is the reverse of "The Government's Power of Eminent Domain,"
and selling this public land for private use should follow the same laws. The 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution also has something to say about the power of Eminent Domain.

"When the government does take private property for public use, it must fairly compensate the owner for the deprivation"

That means the closed public school cannot be sold to a private party for $1. The public must be fairly compensated.

Click here: "Fair compensation is typically determined using the market value of the land, that is, the price for which the landowner could reasonably expect to sell the land to some other buyer. What the land is worth depends on many things, including the size of the property and the buildings, crops, or timber upon the land. For permanent takings, courts use one of several methods to determine market value."

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