The Chicago Teacher’s Union will file two federal lawsuits over the mass school closings in Chicago.
Filed on behalf of parents of CPS students, the suit alleges civil rights violations.
The vast majority of these controversial closings impacted minority students.
The suits were to be filed by attorney Thomas Geoghegan, a well-known lawyer on progressive and union issues, who scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon after the suits were to be filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Others have pressed the civil-rights argument with federal education officials, citing how most of the closings hit minority neighborhoods on the South and West sides, but this is the first federal suit to argue against the CPS closings on those grounds.
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