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.

    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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