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A community group is filing suit to stop the closure of 15 public schools in D.C.
A community group is filing suit to stop the closure of 15 public schools in D.C.

A Washington, D.C. community group is suing the city in an attempt to stop the planned closure of 15 public schools.

The group Empower DC says the closures will disproportionately affect minority, special education and low-income students. The group filed suit today, saying closing the schools violates the U.S. Constitution and city and federal laws.

School chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the closures in January, citing low enrollment. She says closing them down would save almost $20 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. According to the lawsuit, the closures affect approximately 2,700 students.


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