Federal court hearings are scheduled today for two lawsuits that seek to block the closure of 49 Chicago public schools.
One of the suits, filed by parents and supported by the Chicago Teachers Union, asks a court to delay the closings for a year.
The second suit requests a permanent injunction against the closings.
One suit claims racial discrimination; the other claims the school system hasn’t made adequate provisions for students with disabilities to adapt to the changes the closures will bring.
The school district filed a motion to dismiss the suits.
Testimony by parents and CPS officials is expected to take four days.