Lawyers on Wednesday argued that the State of IL is discriminating against Chicago Public Schools' minority students in the way it funds education. They asked Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama for a prompt ruling at Wednesday's hearing, although it's unclear how such a ruling would help keep CPS afloat financially.
If the judge decides the case will not move forward, CPS officials have said they will end this school year 20 days early on June 1, saving the district about $90 million.
The case also suggests that the allocation of state funds are discriminating against CPS and low-income minority students. He said the judge has the power to end the discriminatory practice, but the state would determine how it would fix the disparity.
The legal maneuvering by CPS follows several earlier failed attempts by others to reduce the state funding gap between property-wealthy school systems in IL and poorer counterparts with high concentrations of children from low-income families.
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The state's lawyers have argued CPS has no legal standing under the Illinois Civil Rights Act to sue the state for discrimination.
The judge's decision is expected on April 28.
"Minority children, poor children across the state of IL, because of the funding formula, are treated as second class citizens", Emanuel said. "CPS would not be facing these frightful choices if Gov. Rauner took action to ensure our students received the same State funding that predominantly white school districts in the rest of the state receive".
CPS has "made due" with state funding in the past, the state's lawyers said, but only after the governor's veto did the lawsuit arise.
The rest of the funding goes to schools outside Chicago, where districts are predominantly white, attorneys said.
Purvis dismissed the district's claims of discrimination. As to your question is it discriminatory against the children in Chicago? She said CPS funding has increased, despite declining enrollment and rising property values.