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Judge denies motion to stop CPS closures

A Cook County judge has denied a motion to stop Chicago Public Schools from closing 10 of the 49 elementary schools slated for closure.

The Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit in May, claiming CPS ignored independent hearing officers recommendations to keep the schools open.

But a judge ruled the board was not legally obligated to follow those recommendations.

A lawyer for the CTU says he’s considering the next steps.

CTU President Karen Lewis released a statement which says, in part:

“Today’s ruling is unfortunate because it allows for the radical experiment that is being conducted on a great number of Chicago’s children by the mayor’s office and the Board of Education to continue. Sadly, we can always count on CPS to use vagueness in the law to protect its actions in disenfranchising children and families. If the law isn’t clear, CPS will find that loophole and exploit it—to the detriment of the children and families it should trying to protect.”

School begins August 26.

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