Schoolhouse Beat

Judge rejects suit challenging Chicago school closings

A judge has denied a request by parents to keep open 10 of the 50 shuttered Chicago public elementary schools. The Chicago Sun-Times says the lawsuit, filed by lawyers for the Chicago Teachers Union, argued that the district ignored the recommendations of independent hearing officers who had decided against the closings or expressed serious concerns about them. But Judge Thomas R. Allen rejected the request, saying the legislature never stated that the hearing officers had binding authority over school closure decisions.

REACTION: Union president Karen Lewis issues a statement after the ruling.

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