The parents of students at Lyman Trumbull Elementary filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools as a result of the school's impending closure.
Trumbell parents argue that the closings discriminate against students in the school's special education program by not allowing them access to a top welcoming school. There are three welcoming schools for Trumbull students, Chappell, McCutcheon and McPherson, but none of the students in the special needs cluster program were sent to Chappell, a top school. McPherson is the only school that meets the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The suit also calls out the utilization calculations done by CPS, arguing that the method used did not take the needs of special education students into consideration.
"Defendants have refused to adjust their utilization formula, insisting instead that the children be treated as if their disabilities did not exist, and as if they could and should occupy classrooms of a size not permitted by their disabilities," according to the lawsuit.
The three-count suit also argues that CPS added elements of consideration in deciding what schools to shutter along, but did not provide the public time to comment on the adjustments.
CPS has not commented on the latest suit, two others have already been filed, but says they have worked with Trumbull to ensure that the needs of its special education students are met.