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Pa. Town Seeks Legal Help In Battle Over Privatization

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The Wilkinsburg, Pa., school board has voted to invite the Landmark Legal Foundation to represent the district in its effort to hire a private company to manage an elementary school.

The Wilkinsburg Education Association has sued the board over its plan to sign a contract with the company, the Nashville-based Alternative Public Schools Inc. A county judge, ruling that such arrangements are not legal in Pennsylvania, issued a temporary injunction last month barring the contract. (See Education Week, 4/12/95.)

The nonprofit Landmark foundation, a Kansas City, Mo.-based public-interest law firm that promotes the concept of limited government, plans to file an appeal challenging the temporary injunction and a pending permanent injunction.

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