Phoenix--Today Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Miles denied the request for an injunction brought by five charter schools against a new social studies curriculum mandate. The request for an injunction was one part of a larger lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Education in an effort to preserve charter school autonomy. Judge Miles' decision on the injunction was based on his finding that the schools did not move swiftly enough to protect their rights and did not comment on the merits of the case.
"Based on yesterday's oral arguments, we remain confident that we will prevail on the merits of the case when we're back in court," said Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. "Denial of an injunction, which is extraordinary relief, is never unexpected," Mr. Bolick continued.
The Goldwater Institute and the plaintiff charter schools are assessing legal steps and will press forward in the battle to protect charter school curricula.
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