Chicago parents ask court to delay plan to close schools

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The parents, who filed two separate lawsuits against the nation’s third-largest school district in May, claim the closings will adversely affect their children and more than 5,000 others who are enrolled in special-education programs and receive other individualized attention and counseling.

Their bid for an order preventing what they called “the largest school closing in the history of American public education” is scheduled to be considered by U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee starting today in Chicago.

“The closings will do significantly more harm to children with disabilities than to children without such disabilities and are more likely to cause academic, developmental and emotional setbacks for such children,” the parents of three children -- all of whom are black, two of whom have disabilities -- said in a court filing.

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