Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is allowed to follow through with closing 50 neighborhood schools now that a federal judge has ruled
that the actions do not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act or the rights of African-American students.
District Court Judge John Z. Lee rejected preliminary injunctions
sought by CPS parents to halt the closing of 49 elementary schools, 48
of which shuttered in June, and one high school. The plaintiffs
in the two federal lawsuits said the closings discriminated against
African-American children who are disproportionately impacted by the school
actions and put students with special needs in harm's way.
to Lee's ruling, the group of students in question would not be
impacted any more than other students involved in the closings.
have failed to show that the school closings would require revisions to
their children’s Individualized Education programs,” Lee wrote in his
more than 50-page opinion.
Lee also denied the plaintiffs class-action status on Monday.
The two lawsuits filed against the Chicago Board of Education were the last legal attempt to bar CPS from closing the schools. On Tuesday, another federal judged rejected a request from CPS parents for an emergency injunction to stop Lyman Trumbull Elementary from closing. And late last month, a Cook County judge denied a motion to stop 10 schools from shuttering as part of a separate lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers Union.
The Chicago Board of Edcuation voted to close the schools back in May due to the district's reported underutilization crisis.