Hearing set in suit over Delaware charter school

    A federal judge has set a January hearing date in a lawsuit over plans by Delaware education officials to close a failing, all-girls charter school.

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

    Reach officials responded with a federal lawsuit claiming the school has been treated unfairly. They are seeking a preliminary injunction that would extend the school’s charter for one year.

    The judge on Friday set a Jan. 2 hearing date on the injunction request, which state officials oppose.

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    Attorneys for the Delaware Department of Education also are preparing to file papers on Monday asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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