Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit’s rejection
Chicago’s mayor said the city’s public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge’s decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.
Cook County Circuit Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama denied a Chicago Public Schools motion for an injunction seeking to bar the state from distributing education funds in a discriminatory manner. He also ruled in favor of the state’s motion to dismiss the case, but is allowing CPS to come back with a new argument. He gave the school district until May 26 to file an amended complaint.
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool had said the judge’s decision could mean the district would end the school year on June 1 without additional funding from the state.
“The kids of the City of Chicago will be in school until the end of the school year,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference Friday. “That is where they belong.”
Although CPS officials said they haven’t determined how the district will pay its bills, Emanuel said officials will search for funds to keep the doors open.