Lawsuit over Del. school closing dismissed

By Randall Chase, Associated Press 5:02pm, May 2, 2014
Attorneys have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a decision by Delaware's Department of Education to close a struggling, all-girls charter school.

State officials announced in November that Reach Academy for Girls, a predominantly black school in New Castle with a history of financial and academic struggles, would close at the end of the school year.

Reach officials filed a lawsuit claiming that the school had been treated unfairly and was the subject of gender discrimination.

The filing of a stipulation of dismissal Friday came after a federal judge earlier this year granted a preliminary injunction and ordered state officials to renew the school's charter for another year.

In granting the injunction, the judge dismissed the school's claims but allowed individual student plaintiffs to pursue gender-based discrimination claims.

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