Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Reverse Sacramento School Closures

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SACRAMENTO–

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court seeking to stop the closure of elementary schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

The district said it needed to close under-enrolled schools or risk a budget crisis.  But, the lawsuit said the district knowingly discriminated against poor, special needs and minority students.

A rally was staged at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse by Hmong Innovative Politics — a group seeking to empower underprivileged communities.  Speakers said groups were targeted because they lack political clout.

The district says it selected schools based only on enrollment figures. It says its elementary schools are only at 56% of capacity, which wastes maintenance and utility costs. It says the claims in the lawsuit are unsubstantiated and baseless.

The suit asks for an injunction against the closures.  A judge could hear the case in 4 to 5 weeks.

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