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Judge dismisses most claims in school choice lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs.

A group of parents and students sued state officials in 2016, saying a moratorium on new magnet schools and other restrictions are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing public schools.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Thompson in Hartford dismissed six of seven claims in the lawsuit last week. Thompson wrote there is no fundamental right to equal educational opportunity under the U.S. Constitution, as the plaintiffs argued.

Attorneys for the parents and students did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

The lone remaining claim in the lawsuit alleges state officials have abdicated their constitutional duty to safeguard citizens' civil rights.


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