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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit alleging discrimination in several Virginia school districts


RICHMOND, Virginia — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged discrimination in several school divisions in Virginia.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne's order says the lawsuit contains vague allegations. The order says it's almost impossible to ascertain what type of claim is asserted against which party.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) reports that attorney Charlotte P. Hodges filed the lawsuit on behalf of 20 families. The complaint alleged systematic discrimination against black and disabled students. It also alleged specific incidents of discrimination.

The lawsuit named 35 defendants, including the Virginia Department of Education, public school divisions in Henrico, Chesterfield, Essex and Nottoway counties, and individual teachers.

Hodges says the judge rejected the case for how it was filed, not on the claims that were made.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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