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Appeals court: Shriver Center's FOIA request for school cop misconduct reports too burdensome

By Charmaine Little | Dec 19, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an attempt to force the Chicago Board of Education to turn over documents and records concerning complaints the Chicago Public Schools may have received concerning police or security at Chicago's schools, as part of an effort by a social action group to expose what it believes is school discipline that contributes to the "school-to-prison pipeline."

Judge tosses suit that alleged Chicago schools, bus companies bilked Medicaid for millions

By Dan Churney | Dec 6, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has kicked to the curb a suit by a former busing contracts manager for Chicago Public Schools, who alleged bus companies and school officials defrauded Medicaid in connection with transportation of special needs students.

Popular school principal sues CPS over ouster, says attendance falsification charges unsubstantiated

By D.M. Herra | Nov 23, 2018

A principal of a Chicago international school – seemingly popular with many students’ parents and others in the community - has filed suit against the city’s board of education, claiming the board is trying to remove him on unsubstantiated charges.

National Teachers Academy Elementary students, parents file suit to stop Chicago school closure

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 29, 2018

A group of students at the National Teachers Academy Elementary School (NTA) and their parents are suing the Chicago Board of Education, citing alleged discrimination and violation of civil rights.

Chicago Public Schools teacher accuses co-teacher and principal of defamation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

A Chicago Public Schools' special education teacher is suing Dorothy Manahan and Marin Gonzalez, a co-teacher and principal at his school, citing alleged civil conspiracy, defamation and tortious interference.

Illinois powerful public school lobby kills measure to rein in borrowing

By LGIS News Service | Apr 27, 2018

Illinois' powerful public school lobbying groups mobilized to beat back a measure that would have reined in massive school district borrowing, often concealed from taxpayers.

Whitney Young High School pulls plug on 'troubling' sex ed programs after lawsuit filed by parents

By Cook County Record | Apr 19, 2018

Parents of students at Chicago’s Whitney Young High School are claiming a victory over Chicago Public Schools officials, after the high school postponed a sex education program the parents described as “deeply troubling” and which the parents alleged in a court filing was “illegal, contrary to Chicago Public School policy, and otherwise reflecting poor judgment against the best interests of Whitney Young students.”

Federal appeals panel echoes state court: No right to vote for elected Chicago school board

By Scott Holland | Apr 11, 2018

Echoing a state appeals court’s ruling, a federal appellate panel says the right to vote doesn’t entitle Chicago voters to the right to vote for the members of the Chicago school board.

Chicago Public Schools, others allegedly failed to prevent high temperatures in middle school classroom

By Louie Torres | Jan 11, 2018

A woman is suing the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Stanton Mechanical Inc., Aramark Services Inc. and Sodexomagic LLC for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

By Scott Holland | Oct 12, 2017

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

Chicago Public Schools, Tarkington School of Excellence sued after woman falls on bleachers

By Louie Torres | Aug 26, 2017

A woman is suing Chicago Public Schools and Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which operates the Tarkington School of Excellence, for alleged liability and negligence.

State asks judge to toss CPS school funding suit, says system not 'hidden proxy' for race discrimination

By Scott Holland | Jul 10, 2017

The state of Illinois again has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss a Chicago Public Schools lawsuit alleging racial discrimination underlies the way the state funds K-12 public education.

Chicago Public Schools try again to persuade court to order fix of 'discriminatory' school funding

By Scott Holland | May 25, 2017

After their first attempt to obtain a court order to compel a rewrite of the state's education funding rules was rebuffed, the Chicago Public Schools have renewed their legal challenge, again asking a Cook County judge to force changes in a school funding system they call discriminatory.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 1, 2017

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.

Judge dismisses CPS suit vs IL over schools funding; says demands would 'inject chaos,' not fix problem

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 28, 2017

Saying the demands sought by the Chicago Public Schools “would inject widespread chaos into the entirety of the State’s public education system,” a Cook County judge has denied the request by CPS and other plaintiffs to force the state to funnel more money into Chicago’s public education system, dismissing a lawsuit CPS said it brought to address systemic and illegal discrimination within the state of Illinois’ educational funding system.

Panel: Parents suing athletic trainers for son's football brain trauma must present medical testimony

By Scott Holland | Mar 22, 2017

A state appeals panel has said parents suing athletic trainers for allegedly failing to properly treat their son for concussion and other brain injuries during a high school football game must present medical expert testimony to demonstrate the trainers essentially committed malpractice, and not just negligence, to continue to press their case. 

Chicago Public Schools asks court to order ex-charter school operator to show how it spent $25M

By Scott Holland | Mar 10, 2017

Chicago Public Schools is accusing former charter school operator Prologue Inc. of withholding financial documents that would reveal whether it mismanaged $25 million in public funds, according to a complaint filed March 3 in Cook County Circuit Court. 

CPS lawsuit: IL pension funding rules + lower relative funding = discriminatory ed funding imbalance

By Scott Holland & Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 15, 2017

Saying Illinois state government has created a funding imbalance, in part, by requiring the Chicago Public Schools to divert money from education to fund worker pensions, when it places no similar demands on the state’s other school districts, CPS has now asked the courts to step in and force the state to rewrite its school funding rules. 

CPS officials back $155M annual building maintenance deal for private vendors, despite budget woes

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 24, 2017

In the wake of a decision by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to kill a $215 million state bailout for Chicago Public Schools’ pension funds, the Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to dole out about $155 million annually to two private vendors to take charge of building maintenance at about 470 Chicago public schools.

Former bus attendant for special needs students delivers class action vs CPS over unpaid wages

By Dana Herra | Nov 1, 2016

A former bus attendant for the Chicago Public Schools has delivered a class action lawsuit against the state’s largest school district alleging he and others like him worked hours for which they were never paid.

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