Judge adjourns Detroit schools lawsuit

Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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DETROIT, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A judge Wednesday adjourned a state lawsuit seeking the ouster of most of Detroit's school board until after the New Year.

Wayne County Circuit Judge John Gilles Jr. said bills before the state Legislature between now and December could impact the school district and the composition of the school board, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed the suit in August, arguing because the district's enrollment dropped below 100,000 pupils, the district could no longer elect school board members by geographic district, as seven of the representatives on the 11-member panel have been.

"This lawsuit by Attorney General Bill Schuette shows contempt for the citizens of the city of Detroit. It is frankly a racist lawsuit," school district attorney George Washington said. "Let Detroit elect a school board like every other city."

Michigan voters defeated a controversial emergency manager law in a referendum Nov. 6 that would have allowed for greater state control of struggling school districts.

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