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Court clears way for sale of public school

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is clearing the way for the state to sell school property owned by a troubled local system.

The justices on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over the state school superintendent’s attempt to sell a school owned by Montgomery County’s school system to Pike Road’s school system.

The court ruled that two school workers who sued didn’t have the legal standing to challenge the sale. It overturned a lower court that had blocked the deal.

The state took control of Montgomery County schools because they were in trouble financially, and officials sought the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to raise almost $10 million.

Pike Road schools backed out of the deal because of the litigation. It’s unclear whether another agreement is possible.

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