Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chicago Teachers' Lawsuit Moves Forward in the Midst of the District's Ongoing Reforms and Closures

Last week, I posted on Chicago's new five pillar plan to turn around the district.  Tuesday, a federal district court, in Chicago Teachers Union, Local no. 1 v. Board of Educ. of City of Chicago, 2013 WL 3004943 (N.D. Ill. 2013), is allowing teachers and their union to continue to have a voice in opposition, at least in regard to teacher layoffs.  A class of African American teachers and staff filed suit against the Chicago Board of Education “claiming that Board violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . . . when it instituted a layoff plan that resulted in termination of the employment of a number of African American teachers and paraprofessionals." Most recently, the school board filed a Rule 12(b)(1) motion to dismiss the Chicago Teachers' Union as a party plaintiff, asserting that it lacks standing to pursue its claim. The court denied that motion on Tuesday.  The court has yet to rule on whether it will grant class certification to the African American teachers and staff, but has scheduled a status hearing for June 25, 2013.


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