Romania's constitutional court has ruled that a sweeping new education law is illegal, dealing a blow to the government after it pushed the legislation through without parliament's approval.
The court ruled Wednesday the law was unconstitutional because it was too important to not be voted on by lawmakers. Opposition parties praised the court's decision on the law, which the ruling Democratic Liberal Party and its partners used a loophole to pass.
They accuse the party of trying to politicize education by allowing teachers to belong to parties, which is currently illegal. They say there would be fewer schools in rural areas, and too much emphasis on minority rights.
Government spokeswoman Ioana Muntean says it will now consult with parliament.