The new spelling rules become binding in schools, while a lower saxony court rules in favor of an opponent of the reform
After ten years of dispute, parts of the spelling reform became binding in schools at the beginning of august. In mid-september, however, the upper administrative court of lower saxony, which is critical of the reform, had the final say, granting an eleventh-grader the right to be taught according to the old rules. The ruling once again documents the course of the front in an absurd culture war.
On 1. August 2005, the combatants were exhausted. After ten years of intense struggle, the spelling reform was passed with very little fanfare. In the schools of fourteen german states, parts of the new rules have since been accepted as the only correct ones. In north rhine-westphalia and bavaria, a transitional system is still in force, while a state council for german spelling is making final corrections to the rules. Nevertheless, it can hardly be doubted that the new spelling rules will very soon have sole validity in the whole of and in the schools of all germany.