Monday, July 22, 2013

More on Chicago School Closings: Special Education Lawsuits in Addition to Teachers' Lawsuit

This summer has been filled with news of school closings and Chicago has been at the center of it.  Earlier, I posted on the teachers union's lawsuit challenging the Chicago closings andChicago's new turnaround plan.  Professor Davis also posted a report on national trends.  Now, two different groups of special education students have filed suit to challenge the closures in Chicago.  The court held the first hearings in the cases last week.  Cribbing from the Chicago Tribune, they allege:

[T]hat CPS is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to set up an orderly process of closings for special-needs children. The second suit alleges racial discrimination, saying the closings disproportionately affect African-American students, and argues that thousands of special-needs children will be destabilized by the closings.

More than 5,000 special education students are expected to be affected by this year's closings.

These suits are remniscent of the one filed against the District of Columbia Public Schools in May.  The district court there denied their preliminary injunction.  For more on that case, see my earlier post.


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