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Group suing Union Co. Board of Ed gets court hearing

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The group suing the Union County Board of Education over redistricting had it's day in court this afternoon.

A judge granted until Friday at 5 p.m. for parties involved to present more facts via email before planning on making a decision on whether or not the lawsuit will move forward, by early next week.

The group Citizens for Adequate Public School (CAPS) has raised $35,000 to fight it's fight the Board of Ed. The group says that redistricting maps were changed after the initial March-vote that is set to redistrict thousands of students in UCPS.

Over the past week, the group received over 100,000 pages of discover documents -- mostly emails that have been requested to sort through the manner in which the Board of Ed came to it's decision.

UCPS' attorney Richard Schwartz maintains that the school did "nothing illegal" and that "you can't please everyone with redistricting" and that the board works for the "entire school system."

CAPS sent out a press release before the hearing urging people to contact them with redistricting concerns. The release says:

"It has been brought to our attention by supporters within UCPS that the school redistricting maps being implemented as of TODAY are not those that were voted on by the UC BOE in March or re-voted on just last week. As a result, a number of children may unknowingly attend unapproved schools next year under the current plan. Particularly, this seems to be a problem with respect to Rocky River and East Elementary Schools. If you have questions about this, we urge you to contact CAPS. Further, based upon our numerous public records requests, we have documents related to various denied neighborhood exceptions and the “reasoning” behind these denials. If you or your neighborhood would like copies of these documents, they are available from CAPS upon request.

Win or lose at our preliminary injunction hearing today, we are gratified that we are able to make this PUBLIC information available to all."

In a second release today, the group says it is concerned about how the Waxhaw neighborhood Millbridge would be drawn into redistricting. There was originally a plan to split sections of the neighborhood to different school clusters. The release quotes Board of Ed member Mike Guzman from March 4th's meeting saying "Should the new residential road be constructed in Millbridge, I also move that the entire neighborhood remain in the main Cuthbertson cluster."

C.A.P.S. says that this email correspondence it discovered contradicts that statement that was said in originally voting to approve redistricting.

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