CHICAGO -- A common pleas court in Ohio ruled late Friday that the state's school funding system is unconstitutional and ordered the state to draft a plan to eliminate inequities among school districts.

But education and state officials said that the Perry County Common Pleas Court decision is not likely to lead to immediate changes in Ohio's school funding system. The decision sets the stage for further legal battles that may take several years to settle in the state appeals and supreme courts, they said.

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