The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and parents of neighborhood school
students filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education
Wednesday to stop 10 schools from shutting down that independent hearing
officers previously recommended the district not to close.
Independent hearing officers ruled earlier this month that
Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett failed to comply with the board's own
school closing guidelines for 10 of the 50 schools approved for closure last week.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to issue an injunction, which would bar CPS from closing the 10 schools for the upcoming school
year, said CTU lead attorney Robert Bloch.
“The board of education
is now taking an approach that many believe it has been following all
along, the public hearings on school closings were just for show," Bloch
said. "The board does not view itself as obligated to respect the
rulings of its own handpicked hearing officers."
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