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Judge in Cleveland Case Refuses To Step Down

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A federal judge in Ohio will not step down as the presiding judge in Cleveland's school-desegregation case and has denied a request to return the state-run Cleveland public schools to local control.

The order released this month by U.S. Senior Circuit Judge Robert B. Krupansky answered charges by the plaintiffs' lawyer that the judge has not been impartial in the lawsuit. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed the class action in 1973 on behalf of 10 students and their parents.

The Ohio Department of Education and the Cleveland school district are co-defendants in the lawsuit, which has expanded in scope since 1973. The plaintiffs' motion now also says the district's schools have been hurt since the state takeover in 1995 and should be returned to local control. (See Education Week, March 15, 1995.)

The plaintiffs will appeal the rulings, according to one of their lawyers.

Union Drops Suit

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association has dropped its breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Denver public schools.

The union filed suit in the Denver district court in 1993 after the school board refused to award an agreed-upon 3.5 percent raise. The board said the district could not afford the raise. (See Education Week, Oct.13, 1993)

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