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DC group suing to halt school closings

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A District of Columbia community group has sued the city in an attempt to stop the planned closure of 15 public schools, closures the group says will disproportionately affect minority, special education and low-income students.

Empower DC filed suit Friday, saying closing the schools violates the U.S. Constitution and city and federal laws.

School officials announced the closures in January. Officials said at the time that the schools have low enrollment and that moving students to existing schools would save $19.5 million, $11 million of which would be reinvested in the school system. The first 13 schools are set to close at the end of the current academic year. Two more schools will close at the end of 2014. The closures affect approximately 2,700 students according to the lawsuit.

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press


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