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Judge OKs wording change to let Chicago Teachers Union salvage lawsuit vs CPS over teacher layoffs

Jonathan Bilyk May 1, 2017, 6:31pm

Over the objections of the Chicago Public Schools board, a federal judge will allow the Chicago Teachers Union to pursue a class action lawsuit alleging CPS discriminated in focusing past teacher layoffs at African American teachers and staff working in schools in predominantly African American neighborhoods.

Appeals panel: Court can order kids to sit for depositions in negligence suit vs Edison Park school

Zachary Lewis Mar. 17, 2017, 12:13pm

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge's ruling to deny a protective order sought by a group of parents to keep their children from being made to sit for depositions as part of proceedings in a lawsuit brought against a Chicago elementary school for failing to supervise the children, who then engaged in sexual conduct in a bathroom. 

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 12:47pm

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

Chicago Board of Ed can't stop IL commission from keeping three Chicago charter schools open

Scott Holland Aug. 19, 2016, 4:35pm

A state appeals court upheld a ruling in favor of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, agreeing the commission had the authority to overrule the Chicago Board of Education's attempt to close three Chicago charter schools. 

Chicago education board says IL commission overstepped when granted new charters to 3 failing schools

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 28, 2016, 5:41pm

The Chicago Board of Education has asked a Cook County judge to block a state commission’s move to up-end the city schools board’s decision to close three purportedly under-performing charter schools.