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D.C. Judge Tosses Out Most of School Closure Lawsuit

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WASHINGTON — A judge is dismissing most of a federal lawsuit that attempted to halt the closure of 15 public schools.

Judge James Boasberg said Thursday opponents of the school closure plan “failed to allege facts that would sustain the majority” of the lawsuit filed in March.

Empower DC, the community group that had backed the lawsuit, wanted to halt the school closures, which they said improperly discriminated against poor, minority and disabled students. Boasberg previously denied a request to temporarily halt the closures. At the time, he wrote that there “is no evidence whatsoever” officials intended to discriminate by closing the schools.

A lawyer for the group that filed the lawsuit, Johnny Barnes, said he wasn’t unhappy with the decision and that group would move forward with the remaining issues.

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