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Under DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan, 15 schools will be closed over two years.
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Under DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan, 15 schools will be closed over two years.

A federal judge will not halt the planned closure of 15 public schools in the District.

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg said in his 31-page decision that there was "no evidence whatsoever" of any intent to discriminate on the part of school officials who are transferring children out of "weaker, more segregated and under-enrolled schools."

Boasberg also writes the plaintiffs offer "no evidence" of intentional racial discrimination and calls their claims "hollow." The District's rationale to close schools bercause of under-enrollment and plow the money saved into improving the remaining schools appears "realistic and sensible."

The community group Empower DC, which is behind the lawsuit, said the closures improperly discriminate against poor, minority and disabled students. which asked to halt the planned closure of 15 D.C. public school on the grounds that the closures improperly discriminated against poor, minority and disabled students.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson originally proposed shuttering 20 schools, but reduced the number to 15 earlier this year.

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