Parents at Lyman Trumbull Elementary School on Chicago's north side are gearing up to file a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools for its plan to shutter 49 schools at the end of the school year; one school is set to close after the next academic year. Trumbull is one of the schools slated for closure at the end of this school year, with its students scheduled to be divided between Chappell, McPhearson and McCutcheon elementary schools.
The lawsuit goes after the district for allegedly discriminating against some 150 special needs students through the closures. Approximately 37 percent of Trumbull's 400 students have special needs, and just one of its welcoming schools, McPhearson, is accessible as dictated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.
"The [Legal Assistance Foundation] is in the process of finalizing a complaint on behalf of some parents and children at Trumbull, including Friends of Trumbull, seeking to halt Trumbull's closing," said Trumbull Local School Council member Mark Miller outside of the school in announcing the impending suit, according to DNA Chicago. "The complaint will be based in part on CPS' failure to take into account the smaller class sizes required by special education students at Trumbull, which we believe constitutes unlawful discrimination."
The Trumbull lawsuit is reportedly going to be filed some time in the next week.