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50,000 documents appear to group suing Union Co. Board of Ed

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The group Citizens for Adequate Public Schools says it has been requesting public records from the Union County Board of Education for six months -- this week they received, possibly, more than they can handle by an injunction hearing on Wed. July 16.

Roughly 25,000 documents showed up to C.A.P.S. officer's homes on Friday and another 25,000 on Monday evening.

"It's very coincidental that five days before our hearing for the injunction we get 15 boxes of public information records that we've been requesting for six months," treasurer Susan Sullivan said.

Sullivan and C.A.P.S. suggested that the late arrival of documents is to make the group delay Wednesday's hearing to review the information -- but the group is set on doing everything it can before the start of the 2014-15 school year to possibly stop redistricting before it begins.

"That's not happening (delaying the hearing)," Sullivan said. "We're moving forward. We think we have enough information to show the judge that this was illegal and to stop the redistricting."

C.A.P.S. says what is illegal is that the Union County B.O.E. voted for redistricting and later re-drew maps that went into the plan without a public hearing. At the Board of Ed’s July meeting, it voted to fix this misstep, but C.A.P.S. says it has since uncovered more differences in map drawings that are supposedly illegal.

U.C.P.S. attorney Richard Schwartz says that the school’s stance has not changed – that it’s impossible to please everyone with redistricting, that nothing was illegal about the process and that the board works to meet the needs of the entire school system.

The July 16 injunction hearing will take place at 2 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse.

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