Chicago Teachers Union files 3rd lawsuit to halt CPS school closings

The Chicago Teachers Union made their argument in court Wednesday, over the city’s decision to close 50 schools.

Unlike two federal lawsuits filed by parents that among other things allege discrimination, CTU’s lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court argues that Chicago Public Schools did not follow proper procedure in the 10 closures.

“The law bars them from closing a school where the hearing officer goes through the process to issue a ruling and determines the school closing plan does not comply with the district’s own guidelines,” argued CTU attorney Robert Bloch. “The board is not permitted to close that school then in that school year.”

They also accused the board of breaking state law by ignoring recommendations made by a special panel made-up of former state and federal judges.

Union representatives have reached out to State lawmakers, asking for a moratorium on the closures.

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