A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to halt the closures of nine Detroit schools as part of the district's massive school closure plan. Judge Susan D. Borman says the plaintiffs did not make their case that the school board's decision to shutter the schools was arbitrary and unreasonable, a legal standard they would have to meet under Michigan law.
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EARLIER: Detroit Public Schools' administration is proposing a $1.25 billion general fund budget for the 2007-08 school year that projects a 5,000-student loss, about half the annual student loss the district has been experiencing. Some board members question the assumption that the enrollment decline will slow in the 116,000-student district in the coming year. A district memo says enrollment has dropped by 61,937 students since fall 2000. (Detroit News)