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CPS school closure ruling: Federal judge says massive Chicago school closure plan can proceed

After a hard-fought battle to save some 50 Chicago Public Schools from closing, a federal judge dealt the fatal blow to the city’s school closing opponents in a new ruling, the Huffington Post reports. U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee denied the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunctions against closing schools in court Thursday. As the Sun-Times reports, Judge Lee ruled he will not bar CPS from closing 49 elementary schools and a high school program, effectively squashing school closing opponents’ last legal option to halt the massive shutdown. In his 54-page ruling, Judge Lee wrote the plaintiff’s failed to prove students forced to attend new schools “would suffer substantial harm as a result of the school closures,” the Associated Press reports…

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