Teachers union plans to file federal suits to stop school closings

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By Noreen Ahmed-Ullah Tribune reporter
A week before the Chicago Public Schools board is to vote on the closing of 53 elementary schools, the Chicago Teachers Union says it plans to file two federal lawsuits to stop the district.The CTU sent out a statement this morning saying the civil rights lawsuits will be filed on behalf of parents.

The union’s decision comes a week after retired federal judges opposed 13 of the school closings. CPS had hired the ex-judges to conduct state-mandated public hearings and to make recommendations.

The CPS Board of Education is to vote on the closings May 22.

CTU will hold a press conference to discuss the lawsuits at 2 p.m. today at the law offices of Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan,  77 W. Washington St.

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  • kirby1414

    King Rahm has spoken – – and no matter what kind of marches, protests, etc. – – The KING has spoken…he appointed the school board -they are in his pocket $$$ – he hired BB Bennett $$$ – in his pocket. It's a waste of time to try to change what is already a done deal…I repeat: THE KING HAS SPOKEN!