Pair of Brevard school-closure lawsuits granted continuance

Both suits seek halt to closing of 3 schools

Published On: Apr 02 2013 07:39:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 02:38:28 PM EDT
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VIERA, Fla. -

A judge granted a continuance in two lawsuits seeking to stop the closure of three Brevard Public Schools.

A private lawsuit filed by a mother, grandmother and their children claims that the school closures will disproportionally affect low-­income and minority students. It’s backed by the Florida Civil Rights Association, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

A second lawsuit, filed by the Brevard County Commission and joined by the Titusville City Council, is accusing the Brevard School Board of violating an agreement between the government agencies.

Both are seeking an emergency injunction to prevent Gardendale Elementary on Merritt Island, South Lake Elementary in Titusville and Clearlake Middle in Cocoa from closing at the end of this school year.

School district leaders have maintained that they did not discriminate or improperly follow procedures in closing the three schools.

The Brevard County School Board said that the matter is "too important" to be handled in a rushing manner.

Circuit Court Judge George Maxwell granted the continuance at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center in Viera. The next court date will be April 15

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