CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A judge in Cumberland has refused to block the transfer of 24 students from schools in Hancock to Cumberland.

Allegany County Circuit Judge Gary Leasure denied their parents’ injunction request Tuesday afternoon.

The case involves children from the unincorporated community of Little Orleans. Kids there have been allowed for 10 years to attend school in the nearby Washington County town of Hancock instead of in the more distant city of Cumberland.

The Allegany school board is phasing out the arrangement to save money.

Leasure noted that the state Board of Education hasn’t acted on the parents’ appeal of the local school board’s decision.

He says the local board’s decision must therefore be viewed as correct.

He concluded that the parents were unlikely to prevail in the courts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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