Parents hoping to force city schools to open will have to wait til fall

A lawsuit to force the city to fully open schools and allow parents to head back to the office was dismissed Wednesday by a state Supreme Court justice.

A group of plaintiffs was told the case was moot because city schools are closed for the summer, said Jim Mermigis, the attorney representing the group. The plaintiffs can refile the lawsuit in the fall if schools are not completely open then.

About two dozen pandemic-weary parents first filed their petition during the spring, when schools supposedly were open, arguing that their children were not being offered a sound, basic education. Their affidavits listed the alleged harms wrought by closed schools and remote learning: academic regression, diagnosed depression and

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