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By James B. Kelleher | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Teachers Union has sued the nation's third largest school district, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign to reform or close underperforming public schools discriminates against African-American teachers and staff.

The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and announced on Thursday is the latest battle with the city since teachers staged a week-long strike in September. It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American.

But blacks make up less than 30 percent of the tenured teaching staff in the district and 35 percent of the tenured teacher population in the failing schools, the lawsuit claims.

The suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeks an immediate moratorium on any additional school closings in the city.

The school district declined to comment on the lawsuit while it is pending, but said, "We have an obligation to expand high quality school options to all families and children in every neighborhood and turnarounds is just one tool that allows us to provide those options."

Emanuel, a former top White House adviser to President Barack Obama, and the school district are expected to close more schools in the coming years because of declining enrollment and a huge budget deficit.

The school district has until the end of March 2013 to say which schools it wants to close, and it has appointed a commission to study the matter.

The district's enrollment has fallen nearly 20 percent in the last decade, mainly because of population declines in poor neighborhoods. The district said it can accommodate 500,000 students, but only about 400,000 are enrolled. About 140 schools are half empty, according to the district.

The union argues that while the school district is closing existing neighborhood schools, primarily in minority neighborhoods, it is simultaneously approving new, mostly nonunion charter schools.

This fall, public teachers in Chicago staged the first strike against the district in 25 years to protest reforms supported by Emanuel, including teacher evaluations. The teachers were given a pay raise as part of the strike settlement.

The case, filed on behalf of three fired teachers, is Chicago Teachers Union, Terri Fells, Lillian Edmonds and Josephine Hamilton Perry v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago 12-cv-10338.


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The only question I would have is are the teachers performing up to the standard of teaching.


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The only question I would have is are the teachers performing up to the standard of teaching.

This has nothing to do with teaching standards nor racism. It's all about the teachers union using racism as a last gasp desperation move in order to keep some half empty schools open in order to keep more teachers working. The school district is going broke, the city can't see the upside of keeping schools open that are at 50% capacity or less and the teachers union pulled the racism card in the hopes of keeping those schools open. More schools = more teachers.

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"I want to take this opportunity to mention how thankful I am for an Obama re-election. The choice was clear. We cannot live in a country that treats homosexuals and women as second class citizens. Homosexuals deserve all of the rights and benefits of marriage that heterosexuals receive. Women deserve to be treated with respect and their salaries should not depend on their gender, but their quality of work. I am also thankful that the great, progressive state of California once again voted for the correct President. America is moving forward, and the direction is a positive one."

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