Federal Judge Won't Halt Chicago School Closings

Parents can't prove harms


A federal judge says he won't order a halt to school closings in Chicago.

In a 54-page ruling posted Thursday, US. District Judge John Lee says parents who requested an injunction stopping the closures hadn't shown kids forced to attend new schools would be seriously harmed.

On Monday, Lee denied class-action status to the two main civil lawsuits at the center of the sometimes emotional dispute pitting parents against education officials.