Members of the Kelly High School marching band drum line lead demonstrators to the CPS headquarters to protest funding and staff cuts to their neighborhood schools on July 11, 2013 in Chicago. A federal judge on Thursday issued a fatal blow to the effort to block the schools’ closings. (Scott Olson/Getty)
The plaintiffs in the case — several CPS parents — sought class-action status for their lawsuit that alleged the district’ sweeping school closure plan disproportionately hurt black, Latino and disabled students. The lawsuits were backed by CPS parents, the teachers union and other community members but were denied class-action status last week.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett echoed a familiar refrain in response to the ruling, saying it “supports our belief that every child in every neighborhood throughout the district deserves access to a high-quality education that prepares them for college, career and life.”