The plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits
that look to put a stop to the recent school closings have been denied
class-action status, according to an opinion released Friday by U.S. District Judge John Lee.
The lawsuits against the Chicago Board of Education
on behalf of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) parents allege the district's school closure
plan discriminates against African-American students and puts children
with special needs in harm's way.
According to the judge, the
plaintiff's did not prove that either group of students would “suffer a
common class-wide injury as a result of the changes.”
The plaintiff's sought a
preliminary injunction to stop the closings of 50 neighborhood schools,
48 of which closed for good this summer. Lee is expected to issue his
ruling regarding the preliminary injunction soon, the Chicago
Late last month, a Cook County judge denied a motion to stop 10 school closings as part of a separate lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers Union.