Rural GA schools withdraw suit against state

ATLANTA (AP) - Rural school districts who sued the state claiming it has an unfair system of paying for education have withdrawn the lawsuit.

The Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia plans other action, including a suit in another state court. Opening arguments were scheduled in Fulton County before Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Long on Oct. 21, but the case was transferred to Judge Craig L. Schwall.

Consortium executive director Joseph G. Martin Jr. said the group feared more delay in the 4-year-old case and was concerned it
"would not receive a fair hearing under the new judge."

The lawsuit claims small, poor counties don't raise enough from local taxes to compensate for more than $1 billion in cuts to state education spending in recent years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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